November 2018 edition

Key takeaways:

  • Big Cedar Industrial Center becomes first certified Mega Site in Iowa
  • Mega Site, Airport Superpark and full-service intermodal facility offer exciting development opportunities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Coleman Peiffer joins Alliant Energy team

Big Cedar Industrial Center becomes first certified Mega Site in Iowa

Big Cedar Industrial Center has officially been credentialed as Iowa's only certified development ready Mega Site by Quest Site Solutions (formerly McCallum Sweeney Consultants). The method of being designated as “development ready” by Quest parallels a typical site location process, which will save a prospective tenant at least a year in prep time.

The site is positioned conveniently and centrally between six of the Midwest's major metropolitan areas of Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Omaha and St. Louis. The Cedar Rapids area has long been considered Iowa's industrial hub. Big Cedar offers 800 acres in a single site and nearly 1,400 total available acres for industrial development.

This site is part of a much bigger package of development offerings.

Airport Superpark

The Cedar Rapids Land and Air Superpark consists of 582 acres of certified development ready property, located along the western boundary of The Eastern Iowa Airport and sits adjacent to Big Cedar. The airport is a designated Foreign Trade Zone making the location ideal to serve a variety of industries including logistics and distribution, light and heavy industrial manufacturing as well as global supply chain specialists.

Airport expansion

The Eastern Iowa Airport currently handles 45% of the state's cargo volume and recently broke ground on a $10.3 million expansion of its cargo operations. The project includes relocation and expansion of the cargo apron, construction of a connecting taxiway and enlargement of the parking and unloading area for planes. The new area will be three football fields long and one and a half football fields deep, large enough to accommodate three planes wingtip-to-wingtip.

Full-service intermodal facility

The Iowa Department of Transportation plans to build a $46.5 million full-service intermodal facility on the northeastern border of Big Cedar. The Cedar Rapids Logistics Park will be developed by the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Rail Co (CRANDIC) rail line and Alliant Energy Transportation incorporating three components: intermodal facilities for freight-to-truck transfer and vice versa, a cross-docking facility for truck-to-truck transfers and a bulk freight storage and transfer operation.

The facility will ease the movement of freight between trucks, rail cars and shipping containers, allowing a more efficient and economical movement of goods. “Currently, our existing customers need more options for multimodal, and then for future customers we want to have something that is going to give a full array of supply-chain solutions. It might be rail, it might be truck, it might be barge,” said Kevin Burke, President of Alliant Energy Transportation.

“We're very excited about how all of these features will come together to help us market the Cedar Rapids metro area,” said Jeanine Penticoff, Vice President of Customer Engagement & Solutions, Alliant Energy.

Project roundup

The latest projects in Iowa and Wisconsin

Hormel Foods Corporation announces expansion of its Burke Corporation plant in Nevada, Iowa

Hormel Foods Corporation is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across 75 countries worldwide.

Hormel recently announced that it will be investing $150 million to expand the company’s Burke plant in Nevada, Iowa. Burke is a leading supplier of fully cooked meats to food manufacturers, pizza operators and food distributors.

The 210,000 square foot expansion includes production area and equipment space to produce more products, primarily fully cooked crumbles and fully cooked meatballs. Construction will begin within the next month with an expected completion date of early 2020. The expansion will nearly double the size of the existing facility and add approximately 210 new employees to the current 350 team members. Roughly 55% of the established employees live within Nevada or Story County while the remaining staff commutes from the greater Central Iowa area.

East Penn Corp to expand manufacturing facility in Corydon, Iowa

East Penn is one of the world’s leading battery manufacturers producing 450 product designs for the agricultural, automotive, industrial, commercial and marine markets since 1946.

The company recently announced that they will expand their Corydon, Iowa facility to increase DUF (dry, uniformed) battery production. The $171 million capital investment will increase the facility by over 200,000 square feet and create 204 new jobs in this rural Iowa community. The company will then utilize its recently completed plant in Oelwein, Iowa to fill and finish the DUF product from Corydon.

This facility expansion will be an extension of the company’s already well-established manufacturing and distribution network. Alliant Energy’s service area in Iowa continues to be a strategic location to better reach customers in the Midwest and other key points across North America.

NaturPak Pet and IPM Foods partner on new production operation in Janesville, Wisconsin

Pet owners want healthier, higher quality foods for their animals focused on freshness and taste. To meet this growing demand, NaturPak Pet, a new venture of natural food manufacturer and co-packer IPM Foods, is expanding its operations into a new 162,000 square foot production facility in Janesville, Wisconsin. Together they will manufacture and package high quality natural pet food products while sourcing fresh vegetable and meats from local suppliers. Construction is slated to be finished by mid-2019 with a projected staffing level of approximately 100 full-time positions.

To meet the growing demand for sustainable packaging, IPM Foods offers a fiber-based packaging technology as a replacement to the current offerings of cans, pouches or jars. The ultimate green packaging is among the lowest carbon footprint of all non-reusable packaging systems.

According to Nielsen, retail sales for pet items has risen 36% between 2007 and 2017 (68% net of inflation) or on average $2 billion per year.

Rail Enterprise Group to begin operations in Middleton, Iowa

One of Rail Enterprise Group’s newest operations, the Iowa & Middletown Railway, will begin operations at the Commerce Center of southeast Iowa in Middletown, Iowa on January 1, 2019.

Commerce Center of Southeast Iowa is a 19,000 acre facility featuring hundreds of thousands of square feet of existing building space and over 150 acres of industrial zoned land available for development. The complex is strategically located on a BNSF mainline and only seven miles from the Mississippi River. Its central location will provide excellent regional market penetration and quick access to major shipping lanes (rail, highway, and seaway) for rapid movement nationally or overseas.

The new logistic center will offer customer-centric, multimodal transportation services combined with transload, cross dock, warehouse, packaging services and specialized logistics services for the agriculture industry. The Commerce Center of Southeast Iowa contains unique, specialized infrastructure – including 2,500 rail car spots, over 100 miles of rail and one switching yard, 152-acre State of Iowa and BNSF Certified Shovel Ready Site – that will allow it to handle an even greater range of services and commodities.

Expanding businesses should look to Middletown for:

  • Warehousing, cross docking, transloading, reloading and on-site trucking services
    • Resins, plastics products, machinery and components, generation equipment, farm and construction equipment, wind energy components
  • Light and heavy manufacturing
  • Steel and building products reloading
  • Specialized logistics services for the ag industry
    • Grains, fertilizers and grain products
  • Food grade and perishable operations
    • Vegetables, frozen foods, oils and syrups (corn/soybean)
  • AAR-certified car repair facility – maintenance, repair, cleaning and more
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