Business & Industry in Van Buren County
Van Buren County has many opportunities available for new and/or expanding businesses & industries. Buildings for light manufacturing can be readily available, built to your specifications. Many of our communities have land available for industrial development with utilities on the property or adjacent to these parcels of land.
Some of our communities also have prime buildings available for commercial development. Retail businesses or office space would be suitable for many of these buildings.
The Birmingham Business Incubator is available for entreprenuers trying to start a small business. The Incubator is divided into seven rentable spaces of varying sizes. The smallest space is 160 sq. ft. and the largest space is almost 1,300 sq. ft. Rents vary based on the amount of square footage needed. In addition to providing affordable rental space the Birmingham Business Incubator has partnered with Indian Hills Community College to provide support services to the entrepreneurs housed in the Incubator. For standard office or retail use utilities are included in the rental rates. Each tenant is responsible for their own phone and Internet usage. Ample parking is available, the building is handicapped accessible. It is located at 511 Cedar St. in Birmingham. Interstate I-80 is 80 miles, Nearest 4 lane: Hwy 34 – 10 miles; Nearest Commercial Airport: Ottumwa – 34 miles. For more information please call 319-498-4296.
All of our communities have an Urban Revitalization Tax Abatement program in effect. Land or existing building(s) must be improved at least 15% and an abatement will be allowed on the new/improved structure. Length of abatement varies by community. Applications are available through the individual city clerks.
Van Buren County also has a Rural Revitalization Tax Abatement program. This is a 3-year 50% abatement on new/improved structure(s). Applications can be obtained by emailing the county assessors office. Deadline is February 1.
Indian Hills Community College offers employers and employees enhanced training in important job skills. IHCC's Business & Industry Resource Center promotes individual business growth and regional economic development by providing training, consulting, and workforce support programs. The Indian Hills Business & Industry Resource Center can assist in providing opportunities to enhance employees' skills and knowledge to help your company keep pace with the competition. An advisor to assist you will have regular office hours on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the IHCC Keosauqua Service Center from 8:00am-11:00am. No appointment is neccessary but for in-depth consultation an appointment is recommended by calling 641-683-5227.
Rathbun Rural Water Association supplies all of Van Buren County with water service.
There are four types of business assistance programs available for Van Buren County:
The State of Iowa also has several programs available to assist large & small business development.
Local Financial Institutions
Barker Wire Co, Keosauqua 319-293-3179
Barker Wire Products, a division of Angola Wire Products, Inc., is a manufacturer in the commercial display industry. Producing products such as: Wire Displays, Display Racks, Wire P.O.P. Displays, Retail Displays, Wire Shelves, Wire Baskets, Wire Dump Bins, Sidekicks and Powerwings, Wire Literature Holders, Brochure Holders, Bag Racks, Bag Merchandisers, Wire Spinners, Wire Benches, Crossbars, Wire Shapes, Wire Forms, Shelf Fencing and Dividers, Counter Displays, Display Fixtures and more!
Barker Specialty Products by Hill Phoenix (f.k.a. Barker Company Ltd.), Keosauqua 319-293-3777
Van Buren County's largest light manufacturing employer. They specialize in custom design and construction of refrigerated display cases used in grocery stores and delis across the nation.