Several area employers have announced major investments in facilities, equipment, or personnel.
Iowa Fertilizer Plant
1.4 billion project because of it’s prime location to provide nitrogen-based fertilizer products to farmer in the corn belt.
The plant will provide 2,500 construction jobs and 165 permanent jobs.
Plans are under way for an expansion of Winegard facility to include the Fairway center. Renovations as well as the addition of 55,000 SF are scheduled for the spring of 2012.
Valley Distribution Corporation
Valley Distribution opened a new distribution center and corporate offices in the fall of 2011. The new facility with improved rail access will allow the company to quadruple its holding capacity and pursue additional market share.
Edward Stone Middle School
Burlington continues its upgrade of schools with the construction of a second new middle school within 2 years. Construction is expected to be completed in May of 2012.
A $2.4 million project to add a 34,000 square foot expansion to current building begun in 2011. KPI projects it will add an additional 24 new jobs to the community.
In late 2011 Great River Medical Center began construction of a new long term care center on the hospital’s West Burlington Campus. The new buildings will house nearly 160 people as well as 16 to 32 Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia patients.
Westland Mall 10 Theatres
In April 2011 Cinema Entertainment Corp. announced plans to build a 33,000 SF complex on the east side of the West Burlington shopping center. The theatres will adjoin the mall in center court and include stadium seating, digital stereo sound and state-of-the-art digital projection.
January 2011 saw the beginning of construction on a new Honda dealership in West Burlington expected to employ around 21 people.
Goodwill of the Heartland
December of 2010 saw the groundbreaking for Goodwill of the Heartland. When finished the proposed 14,000-square foot structure will include: 8,000 square feet for retail, 4,000 square feet for processing donations, and 2,000 square feet for office space. The retail aspect of the facility should require 14 to 15 employees, some of which will be clients of the vocational.
In December of 2010, General Electric announced its plans to invest over $9 million in its West Burlington operations. The upgrades include a new paint line transferred from another GE property. The plans include the retention of nearly 200 positions.
During the late spring of 2010, CNH (Case New Holland) unveiled its plans to inject nearly $25 million in capital improvements to its Burlington facility. The Burlington plant historically manufactured heavy construction equipment, but the expansion would add multiple agricultural product lines to the local operations. At the time, the company announced its intentions to add nearly 200 jobs as part of the project. Job estimates have continued to increase as the project develops.
As 2009 came to a close, KPI Concepts announced plans to hire two dozen employees to accommodate its growth plans. The West Burlington manufacturer produces store fixtures and commercial shelving that ships coast to coast. The company additionally supplies wood components to the wind energy industry.
The regional motor coach operator announced plans in late 2009 to expand its corporate headquarters and build a new maintenance facility for its growing bus fleet. As part of that expansion, the company would add 25 new positions. The project investment was estimated at $3.6 million.