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.
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. For more information call 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 development/expansion are available through Area 15 Regional Planning.
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.