Monthly Archive: November 2016

Nov 28

Fareway stores to support Toys for Tots this Holiday season

BOONE, IOWA – Fareway Stores, Inc. is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps on their 2016 Toys for Tots campaign. The program provides toys to less fortunate children during the holiday season. Stores are selling paper trains in $1 and $5 increments, as well as collecting new, unwrapped toys at all 116 Fareway locations from …

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Nov 28

Alliant Energy creates new opportunity for Iowa jobs with unique industrial park

CEDAR RAPIDS – A new industrial park in the Cedar Rapids metro area will combine innovative features and expansive space to attract new businesses and jobs to the state.

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Nov 22

Charles City poultry plant to reopen in December

CHARLES CITY – Simply Essentials, LLC announced the purchase of the Cedar River Poultry chicken processing plant in Charles City, Iowa. The company will invest in excess of 30 million dollars with plans to reopen the plant in December of 2016, it was announced this week on KCHA radio. Once open, the plant will be …

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Nov 22

Iowa Congressmen urge Trump to dump WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Iowa’s U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley and Representatives Rod Blum (R-01), David Young (R-03) and Steve King (R-04) sent President-elect Donald J. Trump a letter urging him to scrap the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in the first few days of his presidency.

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Nov 22

JPMorgan Chase slapped with $264 million settlement for government corruption

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced that JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay more than $130 million to settle SEC charges that it won business from clients and corruptly influenced government officials in the Asia-Pacific region by giving jobs and internships to their relatives and friends in violation of …

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Nov 20

Nora Springs, Forest City receive grants for town projects

DES MOINES – The Enhance Iowa Board awarded $878,616 in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants to a fine arts center in Forest City, a pedestrian bridge in Nora Springs and a theater renovation project in Audubon.

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Nov 20

Mason City receives Healthy Hometown Founder award

DES MOINES — Mason City was presented a Healthy Hometown POWERED BY Wellmark award at the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative Bringing it Home conference on Nov.1, 2016. The award recognizes Mason City for their dedication and accomplishments toward meaningful health improvement initiatives in their community.

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Nov 20

Winnebago names Jeff Kubacki as Vice President – Information Technology, Chief Information Officer

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO) announced it has hired Jeff Kubacki to the position of Vice President – Information Technology, Chief Information Officer effective November 14, 2016. Kubacki will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Happe and will be responsible for overseeing the Company’s Information Technology infrastructure and articulating a …

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Nov 20

Iowa Receives $1.8 million Grant to Expand Registered Apprenticeship Opportunities

DES MOINES – Recently, the United States Department of Labor announced that more than $50 million dollars is being distributed to states to increase access to Registered Apprenticeships. Iowa is one of 36 states to receive grant funding that will result in new registered apprenticeships created in diverse industries, including health care, advanced manufacturing, and …

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Nov 20

Economic Development Board approves awards to support over $83 million in capital investments in Iowa

DES MOINES – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to six companies for job creation and expansion projects. These awards will assist in the creation of 108 jobs, retention of eight jobs and will result in over $83 million in new capital investment for the state. The board …

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Nov 18

Iowa’s unemployment rate decreases to 4.1 percent in October

DES MOINES – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased slightly to 4.1 percent in October. The state’s jobless rate was 3.5 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate was little changed at 4.9 percent in October.

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Nov 16

NIACC to host UNI MBA program

MASON CITY – The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is partnering with North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) to offer its MBA degree program on the NIACC campus. The first cohort of students will begin the program in January 2017.

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Nov 16

California tax relief company behind look-alike government tax notices to cease Iowa mailings

DES MOINES – A California tax relief company that mailed look-alike government overdue tax notices to Iowa taxpayers and businesses will cease sending the mailings to Iowans, through an agreement with Attorney General Tom Miller.

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Nov 15

Miller announces strengthened consumer protection efforts for Iowa’s veterans and service members

DES MOINES – Attorney General Tom Miller today announced a series of special consumer protection efforts designed to assist Iowans who are active duty service members or veterans.

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Nov 15

Ernst: Regulations, low commodity prices are key challenges for Iowa ag

By Senator Joni Ernst, guest columnist As the nation’s leading producer of pork, corn, soybeans, and eggs, Iowa’s agriculture industry has an enormous impact on the country and the world.

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Nov 09

Winnebago completes acquisition of Grand Design

FOREST CITY, IOWA – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO) today announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Grand Design RV, LLC (“Grand Design”), a manufacturer of towable recreation vehicles (RVs), for approximately $500 million in cash and Winnebago shares. The Company also entered into a seven-year $300 million term loan and five-year …

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Nov 07

USDA provides $3.6 billion for electric projects in 31 states, including Iowa

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $3.6 billion in loans to fund 82 electric projects in 31 states. These loans will finance infrastructure upgrades, create jobs and improve system operations for rural electric customers nationwide.

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