The Company We Keep

Area employers cite the legendary Midwest work ethic and high productivity as some of the many advantages of operating here. With a favorable business environment, it’s easy to see why large employers choose to locate in this region, and why many say they would not even consider leaving.

Wage Comparison Iowa USA
Mean Hourly Wage $19.77 $22.01
Median Household
Income
$50,957 $53,046

(Source: www.BLS.gov, www.census.gov)

Tax Advantages

No sales and use tax on manufacturing machinery and business equipment purchases.

No property tax on new industrial machinery and business equipment.

No personal property tax, including corporate inventories of goods-in-process, raw materials and salable goods.

Iowa Corporate Income Tax

  • 50% deductibility of federal taxes from Iowa corporate income
  • Single-factor, non-unitary based only on the percentage of total sales income within the state

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Incentives

State & Local Incentives

  • RISE/Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy – DOT road improvements
  • Rail Revolving Loan & Grant – DOT rail improvements
  • EDSA/Economic Development Set-Aside Program – IEDA assistance (CDBG) for businesses
  • PFSA/Public Facilities Set-Aside Program – IEDA assistance (CDBG) for public infrastructure
  • High Quality Jobs Program – IEDA tax credits
  • 260E & 260F – Job training & retraining through community colleges
  • R&D Tax Credits
  • Revolving Loan Funds/RLF (both regional and local)
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF) (local)
  • Tax abatement (local)
Employers Industry Employees in
Western Iowa
Smithfield Farmland Corp. Manufacturing 1,600+
VT Industries Inc. Manufacturing 650-700
Farner-Bocken Company Wholesale 500-550
Cardinal Glass Industries Manufacturing 450-500
American Home Shield Home Warranty 400-450
Pella Corporation Manufacturing 350-450
GOMACO Manufacturing 300-350
AMVC Agricultural Services 250-300
Schildberg Construction Company, Inc. Mining 200-250
The Graphic Edge Inc. Manufacturing 200-250
Scranton Manufacturing Company Inc. Manufacturing 200-250
Midwest Industries, Inc. Manufacturing 200-250
Proliant, Inc. Animal Protein Products 100-200
Quality Food Products Manufacturing 100-200
American Athletic, Inc. Manufacturing 100-150
Brokers International, Ltd. Insurance 100-150

Access, Location & Connections

With its centralized location and convenient Interstate access, companies in Western Iowa have a distribution and supply-chain advantage. Located at the crossroads of I-80 and I-35, it’s easy for companies in the region to get goods to market from coast to coast.

Airports

National Airports in Des Moines and Omaha offer non-stop to 20 cities including:

  • Minneapolis
  • Chicago
  • New York City
  • Washington DC
  • Atlanta
  • Orlando
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Phoenix
  • Los Angeles
  • Seattle
  • Oakland

Eight commercial airports are available in the region.

Interstate Access

Rail

Western Iowa is served by some of the best rail providers in the country. Access is available throughout the region, providing many domestic and international shipping options.

  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe
  • Canadian National
  • Iowa Interstate Railroad
  • Union Pacific

Telecommunications

Connectivity is a way of life here. There is fiber in the region and expansion is underway.

  • Century Link
  • ANC/Long Lines
  • Monarc
  • Windstream
  • Western Iowa Networks

Utilities

Western Iowa’s utilities are reliable, inexpensive and easily accessible.

Natural Gas

  • MidAmerican Energy
  • Alliant Energy
  • Black Hills Energy
  • Various Municipal

Electricity Providers

  • MidAmerican Energy
  • Alliant Energy
  • Denison Municipal Utilities
  • WIPCO
  • Nishna Valley REC
  • Guthrie County REC
  • Raccoon Valley Electric Coop
  • Farmers Electric Coop
  • Midland Power
  • North West REC
  • Various Municipal

Water

Western Iowa’s access to plentiful, affordable and clean water gives companies another business advantage.

Life in Western Iowa

Western Iowa’s picturesque landscape of rolling hills, lakes and river trails provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, swimming, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, kayaking and canoeing, or just relaxing. Our communities have quality schools, low crime, top-notch healthcare facilities, clean water and clean air, as well as recreational activities for all four seasons.

Residents take great pride in their sense of community. In Western Iowa, support is a two-way street: the community supports the businesses and in return the businesses support the community. This culture of cooperation delivers a great quality of life.

Clean Air & Water WESTERN IOWA REGION IA USA
Air Quality 96.9 92.7 93.9
Water Quality 75.3 62 55

1=Lowest, 100=Highest (Source: www.bestplaces.net)

Crime Ratings WESTERN IOWA REGION IA USA
Violent Crime 26 39.8 41.4
Property Crime 28.1 37.1 43.5

1=Lowest, 100=Highest (Source: www.bestplaces.net)

Education

Iowa has a strong education system. ACT and SAT scores are above average and the graduation rate is 96 percent. Western Iowans rightfully take pride in the high quality of their school systems and their students.

(Source: The American College Testing Program, 2014, The College Board, 2014)

The two excellent and affordable community colleges in the Western Iowa region offer associates degrees, certificates and many other industry-specific training programs to meet businesses’ staffing and training needs.

Western Iowa Tech Community College - Denison Campus

(www.witcc.edu)

  • Agribusiness
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Technical Business Management

Des Moines Area Community College - Carroll Campus

(www.dmacc.edu)

  • Business Administration
  • Industrial Electro-Mechanical Technology
  • Welding
  • Wind Turbine Technology

Two additional community colleges that serve the region offer a variety of programs in agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural technology, biotechnology, business administration and management, engineering technologies, manufacturing, and information technology.

Iowa Central Community College

(www.iowacentral.edu)

Southwestern Community College

(www.swcciowa.edu)

“There's no place we'd rather be than Western Iowa. This area is dedicated to incredible growth, but we'll always maintain a way of life you can't find anywhere else.”
Doug Clausen, President of VT Industries