- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - More than $237 million has been awarded to eight companies to support job creation and expansion projects across Iowa, the Iowa Economic Development Authority announced Friday.

The grants are slated to aid projects in Dubuque, Burlington, Ankeny, Sioux City, Ottumwa and Clear Lake, according to the board. The awards, which include direct financial assistance and tax breaks, are meant to create 717 jobs, retain nine others and maintain economic growth in Iowa.

Board director Debi Durham said the awards have been granted to companies that have a long history in Iowa as well as businesses new to the state.

Companies receiving funding include Accu-Mold, a high-tech plastics manufacturing plant in Ankeny that will receive tax breaks to aid the expansion of its existing facility, a project expected to create 200 jobs.

Cottingham & Butler, an insurance broker headquartered in Dubuque, plans to use its $600,000 grant toward a $1.2 million project to incorporate leasing office space and add 90 jobs. McKesson Corporation, a health care services and information technology company in Clear Lake, received incentives for a regional warehouse and distribution center, which should create 164 jobs.

Others receiving awards are Doran & Ward, a printing and packaging company in Burlington; Hirschbach Motor Lines, a truckload carrier in Dubuque; Physical Therapy Specialists PC, a private clinic in Sioux City; Silgan, a metal food container manufacturer in Burlington; and Plastipak, a blow molder in Burlington.

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