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.

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  • Friday, December 21, 2018
    Lee County EDG Prepares Students for Local Careers
    12 Plus Employability Class Graduates
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  • Thursday, October 25, 2018
    Keokuk School Awarded STEM BEST Program
    Connecting Students with Careers
    The Governor’s STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Advisory Council awarded Keokuk Community Schools f...
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  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    Keokuk Wins Award for Comprehensive Plan
    The American Planning Association, Iowa Chapter, granted the 2018 Daniel Burnham Award for best comprehensive plan in Iowa to t...
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  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    Lee County EDG Announces Lee County 2023 - Forward Together
    Lee County, Iowa – September 18, 2018: The Lee County Economic Development Group established a capital campaign goal of $...
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    Dennis Fraise Appointed to Governor's Connecting Rural Iowa Task Force
    Connecting Rural Iowa
    Lee County, IA, August 16, 2018 - Gov. Kim Reynolds announced members on the three Governor's Empower Rural Iowa Initiative...
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  • Monday, July 23, 2018
    Roquette Celebrates 40 Years
    Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients,  celebrates the 40th anniversary of its presence in the United State...
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  • Friday, May 18, 2018
    Scotts Miracle Grow adds jobs and expands in Lee County
    Iowa Economic Development Authority has awarded Scotts Miracle Gro in Lee County $91,612 in direct financial assistance and tax...
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  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    Governor Talks Industry Needs in Lee County
    Business Partnering with Education
    Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg visited Lee County Friday to see what Lee County industries are doing to conn...
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  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    Bridges Out of Poverty Brings County Together
    A $10,000 donation from Fort Madison Economic Development and Keokuk Economic Development Corporation has jump-started the fund...
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  • Friday, March 23, 2018
    Frank Millard Co. Invests $2.6 Million
    Bringing Innovative Technology to SE Iowa
    Frank Millard & Co. Inc. is bringing innovative technology to SE Iowa. Millard’s recently partnered with Mitton Valve...
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  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
    Iowa Fertilizer Co. Receives Safety Award
    Lee County, IA, March 14, 2018- Iowa Fertilizer Company, Wever, was named the winner of the Exida Safety Award, recognizing the...
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  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    U.S. News & World Report: Iowa is #1 state in the country
    Iowa is the #1 state in the country, according to a new study from U.S. News & World Report. Gov. Kim Reynolds appeared on ...
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  • Thursday, February 01, 2018
    Fraise Earns Economic Development Designation
    Lee County EDG would like to congratulate Dennis Fraise on expanding his economic development knowledge to further Southeast Io...
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  • Monday, December 25, 2017
    Lee County Builds Future Workforce
    Employability Class Connects Industry
    As part of Lee County EDG’s efforts to build a future workforce for industry to grow and expand in Lee County, Lee County...
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  • Wednesday, December 06, 2017
    Iowa DOT Talks with Lee County Industries
    Iowa DOT Office Director Craig Markley visited with Lee County industries to discuss the future of Iowa’s freight initiat...
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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    Lee County EDG Receives International Award
    Grow Lee Brings Home Gold
    Lee County, IA, September 20, 2017– The Lee County Economic Development Group won a Gold Excellence in Economic Developme...
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  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    Cryotech Focuses on Environment for 25th Anniversary
    Throughout 2017, Cryotech has been celebrating a quarter century in business with ‘Quarters of Giving’ campaign. Ea...
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  • Friday, June 02, 2017
    Grow Lee Lego Robotics Program Going Strong
    Developing Skills at a Early Age
    Lee County EDG launched it’s first Lego Robotics program in February 2015 with locations at Lee County’s libraries ...
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  • Thursday, May 04, 2017
    Lee County EDG Receives State BRE Award
    2nd Consecutive Year
    The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) honored economic development organizations during the SMART Economic Development Conf...
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  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    Iowa Fertilizer Company Announces Official Start of Prodcution
    Branstad and Reynolds Help Celebrate Historic Opening and $3M investment in Lee County
    Iowa Fertilizer Company (IFCo) and its parent company, OCI N.V. (Euronext: OCI), announced the official start of production at ...
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  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    Lee County EDG Breaks World Record
    Lee County EDG announces Lee County is in the Guinness Book of World Records for “Most people planting flower bulbs simul...
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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Siemens Celebrates Multiple Milestones
    It’s been busy month and a time for celebration in the Siemens Fort Madison blade facility. On March 23, employees gather...
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  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017
    8th Grade Students Explore Southeast Iowa Careers
    Career Exploration Day takes over Community College
    Over 360 students from Fort Madison, Keokuk, Central Lee, Holy Trinity and Keokuk Christian attended the 8th Grade Career Explo...
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  • Thursday, February 16, 2017
    Cryotech Deicing Technology Achieves Milestones
    Increasing Safety and Environmental Protection
    Located in Lee County, Cryotech Deicing Technology, is a world leader in aircraft, runway and commercial deicing technology. Cr...
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  • Friday, February 10, 2017
    DuPont Celebrates 80 Years in Lee County
    The Fort Madison DuPont plant is celebrating 80 years of being in Lee County and has evolved with the market multiple times. On...
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  • Friday, December 30, 2016
    Lee County Recognized for Renewable Energy Investment
    2016 Best Development Awards
    Five independent jurors from across the state selected projects that implement the efficient use of resources to develop sustai...
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  • Thursday, December 15, 2016
    Keokuk Health Systems and UnityPoint Health Announce Formal Affiliation
    Keokuk Health Systems (KHS) and UnityPoint Health announced today, Dec. 15, that they have finalized an affiliation agreement b...
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  • Wednesday, December 07, 2016
    Local Economic Development Groups Working Together
    Southeast Iowa Participates in Competitive Conference
    Economic Development leaders from Southeast Iowa traveled to Chicago this week to participate in the Mid America Competitivenes...
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  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    First Employee Ready Class Graduates
    Developing Skills in High School
    After Lee County EDG’s first Manufacturing 101 class graduated, we were asked what’s next? Next was going to the hi...
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  • Friday, October 07, 2016
    National Manufacturing Day Comes to Lee County
    Lee County EDG hosted National Manufacturing Day where high school students had the opportunity to tour five Lee County manufac...
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  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016
    New 12 Plus course takes students through hiring process
    12 Plus students learn "Putting Yourself on Paper"
    Southeastern Community College Iowa Works instructor Courtney Wehrle, hands out materials for “Putting Yourself on Paper&...
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  • 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
    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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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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Fort Madison Community Hospital
Fort Madison Community Hospital employs over 450 highly dedicated professionals including 27 health care providers. FMCH was named a Top Iowa Workplace for the Mid-size division in 2012, ...
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, 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 EDG Prepares Students for Local Careers

12 Plus is an employability class for high school students designed by local industry and focuses on what individuals entering ...

Lee County Industries Develop Hands-on Training
Lee County EDG has partnered with Southeastern Community College (SCC) and local industry to develop a Mechanical Troubleshooting module through the non-credit division of SCC's Indus...
ScottsMiracle-Gro Breaks Ground on $3.6 Million Expansion
New expansion will add jobs and increase the production capacity at Ft. Madison, Iowa for its market-leading lawn and garden products

July 2, 2018– The Scotts Miracle...
Grow Lee Featured in International ED Journal
Grow Lee is the IEDC Gold Award winner in the Human Capital Category. Grow Lee is a workforce program created by Lee County EDG to address current and future workforce needs in Lee C...
Huffman Welding Investing and Expanding
February 1, 2018 - In 2017, Huffman Welding and Machine started looking at ways to grow their business. After exploring their options, in December of 2017, Huffman Welding and Machine Inc...
Climax Molybdenum Donates to STEM Education
December, 15, 2017 - Climax Molybdenum donates to Keokuk Engineering Is Elementary (EiE) STEM Scale-Up Program. EiE teaches engineering content and skills, links engineering to the scienc...
June 31, 2017 - Southeastern Community College held a ribbon cutting at their new Industrial Technology Center in Keokuk. 

The center is the new home for SCC’s p...
Fort Madison Hospital Named as top 100 Hospital in US
June 5, 2017 - Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to release the 2017 edition of its list of 100 Great Community Hospitals.  Fort Madison Community Hospital (FMCH) in Fort Madis...
Congressman Loebsack Visits Lee County Industries
Monday, March 6th, Congressman Dave Loebsack visited Scotts Miracle Gro in Fort Madison and Griffin
Wheel, a division of Amstead Rail, in Keokuk.

The congressman was...
Gov. Branstad Visits Keokuk Mills Group
December 15, 2016 - Keokuk, IA - Governor Terry Branstad visited the newly opened Keokuk Mills Group on Thursday, December 15th. Branstad visited with owners Brad and Annie Mills, their e...
Young Professional Groups Helping Lee County
November 10, 2016 - The Fort Madison and Greater Keokuk Young Professional Groups joined forces to help Lee County families in need on November 10th, they collected nonperishable food ite...
Lee County World Record Attempt
October 18, 2016 - 1,464 Lee County residents and supporters joined Lee County EDG at the Lee County Conservation Center on October 18th to set the Guinness Book of World Record for the m...
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds Helps Launch Grow Lee 2.0
August 10, 2016 - 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 ...
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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