- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Dyersville leaders are celebrating the success of the city’s industrial park and are laying the groundwork for future development on the 224-acre site.

Nearly 100 people gathered Friday inside the facility of Digga North America for an event that served as both a grand opening for the 20 West Industrial Park’s existing tenants and a groundbreaking for the development of more than 50 additional acres in the park, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1Qvj3z1 ).

Besides Digga and Spiegel Family Realty, the park has added business and image consulting company Dardis Inc., agriculture supplier Crop Production Services and plastics manufacturer JEDA Polymers in the last three years. A sixth lot remains unsold.

Digga CEO Suzie Wright, who flew in from Australia for the event, said the company considered several locations in the U.S. before deciding to come to eastern Iowa. Digga manufactures earthmoving and construction equipment.

“Dyersville won us over with the professionalism of their economic development group, the superiority of its local supply chain and the incredible community that makes up this town,” she said.

JEDA Polymers President Jeff Goodwin said the company’s Dyersville plant is slated to begin operating this fall, and Goodwin said the company hopes to add 31 workers within the next three years.

The initial earthwork for the next phase began a week ago, Dyersville Economic Development Director Jacque Rahe said.

The new development, which includes utility extensions and the construction of a new street, should be completed by October, Rahe said.

Tenants already are being recruited to fill the planned seven lots, she said.


Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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