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Our People are World Class
Iowans are known for their outstanding work ethic and educated workforce.  Lee County workers are highly motivated, hardworking, and willing to learn.


Our Manufacurers are World Class
Lee County's existing industries, manufacturers, and businesses distribute products to the world.

Our River Ships to the World
Lee County, Iowa is located on the Mississippi River- the country’s most important waterway for shipping commodities worldwide. 

Our Quality of Life May Surprise You
Established in 1836, Lee County still maintains small-town charm and history, but has become a center of industry, retail and tourism in Iowa.

Our Products Power the World
Siemens in Fort Madison, IA has been chosen to build the blades in 448 wind turbines, part of the world’s largest onshore wind power order from Mid American Energy. 


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Welcome to Lee County, Iowa
Located in the heart of America in the southeastern portion of Iowa, Lee County not only embodies Midwestern charm, but is home to a multitude of Fortune 500 and international companies that are continuously growing. Located along the Mississippi River and centered between Interstates 80, 35, 55 and 70, Lee County offers its businesses excellent market access and more than 180,000 skilled, educated and highly qualified workers. All of this in an excellent, pro-business environment.

Recent News view all

  • Tuesday, August 09, 2016
    Lee County EDG Announces Grow Lee with Lt. Gov. Reynolds
    Lee County, IA, August 9, 2016 –  Lee County EDG announced today they will be expanding their Grow Lee program. Grow...
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  • Tuesday, August 02, 2016
    Donnellson Receives Governor’s Excellence Award
    Water Quality Initiatives Get Recognized by State
    Donnellson has a population of just over 900 residence and is up for the award because of their recent water quality initiative...
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  • Friday, July 22, 2016
    Mills Group Brings Jobs to Keokuk
    Keokuk Mills to reopen steel casting foundry
    Keokuk Mills, LLC, is a company recently formed to reopen the Keokuk Steel Manufacturing Company, which was closed in March 201...
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  • Monday, May 09, 2016
    Economic Development Groups Sign Agreement
    Paving the way for higher level of collaboration
    The economic development leaders from Keokuk Economic Development Corporation, Fort Madison Economic Development Corporation, L...
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  • Thursday, April 28, 2016
    Lee County EDG Receives State Award
    Business Retention and Expansion Efforts Recognized
     Lee County, IA, April 28, 2016– The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) honored economic development organization...
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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016
    First Manufacturing 101 Class Graduates
    Lee County EDG, in conjunction with our partners, sponsored the first Manufacturing 101 course, designed to help develop the sk...
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  • Sunday, November 01, 2015
    Lee County EDG Hosts Salute to Industry
    Manufacturing Matters
    Lee County EDG hosted over 100 people at their 3rd Annual Salute to Industry Wednesday, October 28th at the Comfort Inn & S...
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  • Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    MANUFACTURING 101 COURSE SET TO LAUNCH
    Lee County EDG, in conjunction with our partners, is sponsoring Manufacturing 101 course, designed to help develop the skills n...
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  • Wednesday, September 09, 2015
    Henniges Automotive Celebrating 100 years in Manufacturing
    September 9, 2015 - It all began on August 24, 1915 when Emil G. Lindstrand, a Keokuk contractor, was awarded the contract to b...
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  • Friday, August 14, 2015
    SCC Receives $1 Million Grant for Industrial Tech Building in Keokuk
    Southeastern Community College received more than $1 Million from the US Economic Development Admini
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  • Thursday, May 14, 2015
    Foam Fabricators Expanding
    Foam Fabricators is beginning a 30,000 sp. ft. expansion at their Fort Madison facility. The expansion is primarily in warehous...
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  • Thursday, February 19, 2015
    Grow Lee Lego Robotics a Hit
    February 5, 2015 - Learning looked like playing Tuesday evening during the WeDo Lego Robotics program kick-off in the Keok...
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  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Fertilizer Plan set to open late 2015
    January 30, 2015 - A $1.9 billion fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa is scheduled to start production later this year. Iow...
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  • Tuesday, December 02, 2014
    Cimatron Donates $1.7 Million Software to Southeastern Community College for Advanced CAD/CAM Training
    December 1, 2014 - Donation will help students gain sought-after skills to fill the growing need for highly trained manufacturi...
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  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    IEDA Announces Support for VAMA Inc. in Keokuk
    November 21, 2014 - VAMA Inc. received an award of $200,000 from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board of Direct...
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  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    Lee County EDG Announces Grow Lee
    November 18, 2014 - At Lee County EDG's 4th and final Talent for Today & Tomorrow Breakfast Series event, we announced ...
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  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair
    October 22, 1014 - The Connecting Business and Education Committee hosted their first Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair Wednes...
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  • Monday, September 15, 2014
    Lee County EDG Hosts Salute to Industry
    Sept. 15, 2014 - Over 150 industry and community leaders attended the 2nd Annual Salute to Industry Summit on Monday evening. K...
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  • Thursday, August 14, 2014
    Lee County EDG Announces "Lee County 2018" Campaign
    A 5-year Strategic Plan to Grow Lee County
    Lee County EDG officially introduced its 5-year strategic plan and campaign during the much-anticipated public kick-off event t...
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  • Thursday, July 10, 2014
    Talent for Today & Tomorrow
    The recent Employer Workforce Survey conducted by LeeCountyEDG provides valuable insight into workforce challenges facing Lee C...
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Major Employersview all

Pinnacle Foods Group
Pinnacle Foods Group is the leading producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality branded food products, which have been trusted household names for decades. Some of our leading bran...
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Roquette America
Roquette America is the leading producer of starch products, syrups, and polyols (sugar alcohols). Roquette transforms renewable resources, such as corn at the Keokuk plant, into an exten...
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Siemens Wind Energy
The Siemens Wind Energy Fort Madison plant produces highly efficient, solid and reliable wind turbines....
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Henniges Automotive
Henniges Automotive provides world class vehicle sealing solutions for the global automotive industry.  Keokuk is the mixing center for our North American operations. We have th...
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ScottsMiracle-Gro
The Scotts Miracle-Gro liquids production facility in Fort Madison, IA is the company's 2nd largest production facility in the US. The facility produces over 210 variations of Ortho, ...
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Griffin Wheel
Griffin Wheel, a division of Amsted Rail, produces wheels for the railroad industry. The Keokuk plant is the only Griffin Wheel facility producing diesel wheels.
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Gregory Design & Manufacturing
Gregory Design & Manufacturing designs and Manufactures material handling equipment for Industry. Specializing in the storage and transport of product, Gregory’s engineering and...
Dupont
Dupont, located in Fort Madison, Iowa, manufactures a diversified portfolio of products.  Most of the production is focused on inks for several different digital printing markets.&nb...
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Climax Molybdenum Co.
Climax Molybdenum Ft. Madison Conversion Facilities, Climax Molybdenum Co., a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan, is the world's leading molybdenum producer and supplier.  Its Ft. Ma...
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Lee County Highlightsview all

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds Helps Launch Grow Lee 2.0
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds helped launch Grow Lee 2.0 with Lee County EDG. Over 130 community leaders came together to support the expansion of Grow Lee. The program started with 10 workforce ...
BIO for Lee County
June 10, 2016 - Lee County EDG, along with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa Economic Development Director Debi Durham attended Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s (BIO) Int...
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Lee County EDG Receives State Award
Lee County, IA, April 28, 2016– The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) honored economic development organizations during the SMART Economic Development Conference held in Des Moi...
Lee County Companies Going Solar
January 15, 2016 - Local welding and manufacturing shops anticipate a bright future with their recent instillation of solar energy at their shops. Huffman Welding & Manufacturing and ...
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SCC Receives $1 Million Grant for Industrial Tech Building in Keokuk
August 14, 2015 - Funds totaling $1,000,308, will be used for construction on a new industrial maintenance technology facility on their Keokuk campus. 

The college is ...
Continued Business Growth for Foam Fabricators
May 14, 2015 - Foam Fabricators is beginning a 30,000 sp. ft. expansion at their Fort Madison facility. The expansion is primarily in warehousing space to better serve their customers. Fo...
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Lee County EDG Launches Grow Lee
January 27, 2015 - Lee County EDG hosted Grow Lee Action Seminar at the Comfort Inn in Fort Madison. Approximately 80 attendees participated in the seminar, gaining updates on the ten Gro...
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Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair
October 22, 1014 - The Connecting Business and Education Committee hosted their first Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair Wednesday, October 22nd at Southeastern Community College’s ...
STEM Festival 2014
April 26, 2014 - Enthusiastic interaction and intense concentration were evident on most of the faces of those who attended the Southeast Iowa STEM Festival Saturday, April 26th on t...
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Regional Workforce Summit
March 6, 2014 - In conjunction with the sponsorship of other members of the Great River Region Partnership, Lee County EDG hosted a comprehensive workforce conference to address the criti...
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Pipeline Cleaners Celebrates 125 years
February 10, 2014 - Lee County EDG recognized Pipeline Cleaners for 125 years of excellence. Pipeline Cleaners, Inc. ...
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World’s Largest Onshore Wind Turbine Order
December 16, 2013 - Siemens Energy confirmed that the 1,050-megawatt (MW) wind turbine order it recently received from MidAmerican Energy Company is the largest onshore wind turbine order...
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Iowa fertilizer company invest $1.8 billion to build state-of-the-art production facility
November 19, 2012 - Orascom Corporation has begun construction on its new fertilizer plant in Wever, IA and is expected to...
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