May 2019 edition

Key takeaways:
  • Alliant Energy opening new digital manufacturing lab with Iowa State University
  • 150-acre Boone Industrial Park in Boone, Iowa now certified

Alliant Energy partners with CIRAS to open new digital manufacturing lab 

Alliant Energy announced a new partnership with Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS). This will make it easier for Iowa manufacturers to implement new digital technologies and become more productive. The new ISU Digital Manufacturing Lab Powered by Alliant Energy will educate Iowa business about technologies such as collaborative robots and advanced vision systems and help them explore ways that automation might improve their companies.

In the drive to boost Iowa’s manufacturing economy, the lab will serve a valuable need by creating a flexible space where Iowa manufacturers will be able to experience, test and deploy emerging manufacturing technologies in ways that could help solve their workforce difficulties by getting more done with the same number of workers.

“The next new idea or machine could hold the key to success that a growing company needs,” said Joel Schmidt, Vice President of Business Development for Alliant Energy. “This lab provides the perfect opportunity to refine a new approach before it is introduced into the workplace.”

CIRAS is an outreach arm of Iowa State’s College of Engineering and the university’s Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations. CIRAS’ vast network of on–and off–campus experts provide research-proven service to Iowa businesses. Over the past five years projects with clients have generated an economic impact of more than $2.6 billion.

“Affordability and success go hand-in-hand,” Terry Kouba, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company, said. “When our industrial and commercial customers are more successful, it gives us greater flexibility to control costs for all of our customers.”

Boone Industrial Park in Boone, Iowa becomes newest Alliant Energy Growth Site

The Boone Industrial Park – Phase II is the latest industrial park to achieve certification through the Iowa Certified Site Program. The 150 acre site is located one mile north of four-lane U.S. Highway 30 and just a short drive to two of the country’s critical interstates, I-35 running north and south, and I-80 connecting the east and west coasts. The property also boasts transcontinental rail service provided by the Union Pacific Railroad.

Boone is home to a Des Moines Area Community College campus and is 15 minutes from the Iowa State University. A current workforce of more than 400,000 in the laborshed area combined with a pipeline of college graduates makes locating in Boone a game-changer for any company.

The Boone Industrial Park – Phase II is the second Alliant Energy Growth Site to be certified within the last 2 months, coming on the heels of the certification of the Helgerson Flats Industrial Center in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Alliant Energy Growth Sites are industrial sites with a minimum of 80 acres, are served by Alliant Energy electric and/or natural gas, and are certified development-ready by a qualified third party. If you are interested in the Boone Industrial Park – Phase II or any of our other sites, contact Mark Seckman, Senior Business Attraction Manager at (319) 786-4392 or markseckman@alliantenergy.com.

Project roundup

The latest projects in Iowa and Wisconsin

Birds Eye Foods’ announces expansion in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Conagra Brands owned Birds Eye announced that they will be investing $78 million to modernize and expand the current 350,000 square foot cold storage and vegetable packaging operation in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The project will add 140 new full-time jobs bringing total employment at the facility to 360 over the next five years.

Birds Eye processes frozen vegetables at facilities across the country, choosing to increase production capabilities at their Beaver Dam is a testament to the farmers across the upper Midwest. Birds Eye buys carrots, green beans, corn and peas from farmers in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota to supply their plant in Beaver Dam.

The company expects to complete the project in 2022.


New Jersey based Catalent adding 100 jobs in Madison, Wisconsin

Global contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) leader, Catalent Biologicals, is planning a $100 million expansion at their Madison, Wisconsin facility. The company develops and manufactures pharmaceutical products made from biological sources. Growth in Madison will accommodate increased capacity of mammalian cell culture products.

The 80,000 square foot addition in Madison will house 145 new employees. When the project is completed in mid-2021, total employment at the Madison operation will reach nearly 450. Company-wide, Catalent has more than 11,000 employees at over 30 facilities across five continents, and had $2.5 billion in revenue in fiscal 2018.


Cedar Rapids, Iowa gains Iowa Fluid Power expansion

Iowa Fluid Power (IFP) announced plans for a $5.7 million development in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A 45,000 square foot expansion will create over 30% additional manufacturing and distribution space to the company’s current facility. The project will create 12 new jobs in engineering, sales engineering and other technically skilled positions.

IFP is a headquartered in Cedar Rapids with sales offices and warehouses in Minneapolis, Kansas City and Houston. The company’s motion control systems can be found on a wide variety of equipment, including agricultural vehicles, industrial systems for heavy industry, oil and gas extraction, medical, construction and even military systems.

The project is scheduled to be completed in August.


Shine Medical Technologies set to break ground on moly-99 production plant in Janesville, Wisconsin

Medical radioisotope startup SHINE Medical Technologies announced plans to build what could be the first privately operated medical radioisotope production facility in the country in Janesville, Wisconsin. SHINE says its production of the bone- and tissue-illuminating radioisotope, Molybdenum-99, will stabilize the domestic supply of an important radioisotope used in thousands of medical tests daily. It also will privatize a process that for decades has been mostly a government-run effort involving the use of nuclear weapons-grade uranium in aging, overseas reactors.

SHINE has said it intends to break ground this month on the 45,000-square-foot production plant and will spend 2019 and 2020 building the facility and installing equipment. The production plant itself should be operable by late 2021, with commercial production taking off sometime in 2022.

SHINE has promised dozens of high-paying, high-tech jobs in Janesville.

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