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.

Utility service is provided by Alliant Utilities, Southern Iowa Electric Coop , Access Energy & Keosauqua Light & Power Co.

The latest telecommunication technology is available to all of our communities through Van Buren Telephone Co. or Windstream Communications.

Low interest loans for business and industrial deveopment/expansion are available through Area 15 Regional Planning.

There are five types of business assistance available for Van Buren County:

  • For small business start-ups or small business expansion (no retail) the SELP (Self Employment Loan Program) RLF program loans up to $10,000 in assistance. To learn more check out the SELP Brochure.

  • For larger business start-ups or expansion the REDI (Regional Economic Development Investments) RLF loans $5,000 for each job created or retained, up to a maximum of $125,000. To learn more check out the REDI brochure .

  • Southern Iowa Electric Coop has a Revolving Loan Fund available for small business, including retail, with low interest loans up to $100,000.

  • Access Energy Coop has a Revolving Loan Fund with a $10,000 minimum loan for business start-up or expansions, including retail. At least 50% of the project must be funded from other sources.

  • Keosauqua Light & Power has a newly established Revolving Loan Fund with a minimum loan amount of $10,000 and a maximum of $100,000 with interest rates determined on a case-by-case basis. This RLF is only available to locations in Van Buren County, Iowa. Download KEO RLF Guidelines & Application.

    Keosauqua Light & Power is an equal opportunity provider and employer. If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online here, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

The State of Iowa also has several programs available to assist large & small business development.

Local Financial Institutions

Existing Industry

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.


Tigerhawk Industries (formerly Eagle Plastics/Plaza Enterprises), Keosauqua 319-293-6134

Specilizing in custom profile plastic extrusion. TigerHawk produces many products for a variety of industries including refrigeration, office furniture & accessories, marine, medical, appliance, and agricultural markets. 


Mid States Manufacturing, Milton 641-656-4271

A major manufacturer in the material handling industry. Mid-States resides in a 70,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Milton, Iowa and employs over 50 people. Mid -States’ in-house engineering and sales departments have the knowledge to custom design and engineer products to meet your specific needs in the material handling industry.

Riverside Plastics, Bonaparte 319-592-3166

Riverside Plastics, Inc. is a custom injection molder of thermoplastic resins.This process is used to produce parts which range from the very simple to the highly complex. They are located in a 70,000 square foot facility which houses two molding rooms with presses ranging from 30 tons to 730 tons, a 11,000 square foot toolroom and an in-house engineering & design staff.

 

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