- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - Officials have announced the expansion of a high-tech plastics manufacturing plant located in Ankeny.

Roger Hargens is the president and CEO of Accumold, a company that designs, develops and produces micro-sized plastic parts, and he said Friday that a $10 million expansion of Accumold’s plant is expected to begin this spring.

Hargens says the expansion will add more than 200 jobs over the next three years. Accumold currently employs 221 people.

According to a news release, the planned expansion reflects a $7 million project in 2010. But Hargen says the latest addition is meant to strengthen the facility to be “capable of withstanding an F-5 tornado.”

Founded in 1985, Accumold manufactures miniscule parts found in surgical tools, hearing aids, antennas and other devices.

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