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You Can Create Success in Hancock County!

Although rooted in a strong tradition of farming and other ag related enterprises, Hancock County is home to advanced manufacturing firms, food product manufacturing, long haul trucking, along with the security of modern health care.

Don’t take our word for it. Check out just some of the business success stories in Hancock County.     

  • Advanced Manufacturing: We are a world leader in transportation manufacturing. Located in Forest City, Winnebago Industries has approximately 2,500 employees working in facilities with over 2 million square feet of floor space.  Known for its quality and innovation in the RV industry, Winnebago Industries is the leading United States manufacturer of motorhomes and related products and services. Located near Winnebago, is CDI, LLC, a company specializing in specialized paint designs on motor homes.  CDI has over 300 employees creating and applying paint designs.  Garner is home to 3 companies specializing in high quality truck mounted equipment:American Crane, IMT Corporation, and Stellar Industries.  Combined, they employ over 700 workers manufacturing and refurbishing service trucks carrying various types of material handling equipment. Unicover, located in Britt, is a leader in production of pick-up truck covers of all types.  Other advanced manufacturers include Original Saw Companymaking high-end table saws; Marting Manufacturing producing Smidley high quality livestock feeders; and Plas-Tech Tooling, a specialist tool & die shop.
  • Food and feed production is prominent in Hancock County. Aspen Hills is the leader in manufacturing high quality cookie dough for the fundraising industry. Production takes place in a fully automated facility with tamper proof seals.  Their daily production capacity is 180,000 pounds of great tasting products.  Hawkeye Pride and Sparboe Farmshave large egg production facilities in the county, producing over 5 million eggs each day. Many of the eggs produced in the county go through the Primera Foods plant near Britt.  Primera is a leader in production of dried egg products, much of which ends up in cake mixes, etc.  One additional manufacturer in this category is the Zinpro plant in Garner.  Zinpro pioneered the research and development of organictrace minerals and is a leading manufacturer of animal feed supplements.  Zinpro is a privately-held company, whose steady growth has come as a result of quality products, quality people and a focus on one thing: trace mineral nutrition. Today, the company has regional sales offices located in eight countries and markets its products in more than 60 countries worldwide.   
  • Long haul trucking in Hancock County. Trucks originating their hauls in Hancock County can be found traveling all over the U.S.  With a high emphasis on quality drivers and great service, Hancock County trucking companies include Hueneman Trucking & Logistics, IMT Transport, Monson and Sons, and others.
  • Quality Health Care is a high priority in Hancock County!  Hancock County Health Systems recently completed an expansion and remodeling project of the hospital in Britt.  They have modern private patient rooms, featuring the latest technology, together with high quality health providers. HCHS also has a newly expanded medical clinic in Garner, and also clinics in Britt and Kanawha.  HCHS is affiliated with the Mercy Health System, which has a large regional hospital and clinics in Mason City, just 15 miles from Hancock County.

 

More Successful Businesses in Hancock County!

There are dozens of other successful enterprises in Hancock County, ranging from a single owner-operator to dozens of employees. Perhaps you have a business that would complement one of those already existing here. Perhaps you have an idea for something new and different altogether. Either way, Hancock County Economic Development can help you relocate, expand or start a business. All you have to do is call us at 641-923-9921 or email us at director@hancockcountyiowa.com and we will be ready, willing, and able to help you succeed in Hancock County!

 

Why Create your Successful Business in Iowa? 

What do Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and IBM have in common? They all built or announced sizeable facilities in the state in the last few years.
Iowa is proud of its agricultural roots and is in fact a leader in many different food production categories (1st in corn, 1st in soybeans, 1st in pork, 1st in egg production, 2nd in red meat production). But, Iowa is also a manufacturing state and is also a technological leader.  Manufacturing represents 18.6% of Iowa’s GDP (6th in the nation).

Iowa consistently ranks among the nation’s lowest in cost of doing business (our 5 year average places us 2nd.)  There is no property tax on manufacturing machinery, equipment or computers. Iowa is a leader in Wind energy production, which also helps us have one of the lowest utility costs in the nation.

While the nation’s growth in the Bio-science subsector of Research, Testing & Medical Labs has been 23.8% since 2001, Iowa’s growth has been 57.4%.  Iowa’s colleges and universities graduate approximately 1,500 engineers every year.   

From 2001 to 2011, Iowa manufacturing exports have grown 179%.  In 2012, we exported $14.6 Billion worth of manufactured and value-added goods.

Fiber Optics in Hancock County.
Like most of Iowa, Hancock County is highly connected with high speed fiber optics cable.  This allows great connectivity speeds and capacity at your business.  This connectivity also makes it easier for you to connect to your other branches or to employees working from other locations, including their homes.  Click on this link to access maps showing broadband and other types of connections within Hancock County:  www.connectiowa.org/community_profile/find_your_county.  At this website you will also get information on all of the internet providers in the County.

Favorable Business Climate 
With the lowest cost of doing business, companies operating in Iowa benefit from a business-friendly state government, a skilled and productive labor pool, a centralized geographical location, access to raw materials, and innovation and technology transfer between world-renowned research universities and colleges. Check out the many business advantages Iowa companies enjoy.www.iadg.com/iowa-advantages »

Location/Transportation 
Sitting in the center of an eight-state market of nearly one million businesses and thirty-five million people, Iowa's Midwest location offers a distinct advantage to businesses with both domestic and international markets and suppliers.

Iowa’s central geographic location and abundance of transportation options provide businesses with multiple distribution channels for their goods. Three interstate highways — I-35, I-80 and I-29 — pass through Iowa offering coast-to-coast, border-to-border access in the U.S. transportation grid. Iowa has nearly 4,000 miles of rail freight track operated by 19 railroad companies — four are major, national carriers. There are 60 barge terminals that ship and receive tonnage in Iowa — 55 on the Mississippi River and five on the Missouri River.

Hancock County is located near the Avenue of the Saints, I-90, I-35 and the Mason City Regional Airport.  We are less than 2 hours to either Des Moines or Minneapolis. 

We have the Canadian Pacific running through the county east/west and the Iowa Northern runnning north/south.  You can click on this website link to see a description of all the rail roads in Iowa: www.iowadot.gov/iowarail/railroads/industry.  Also from this page you can click on Iowa freight rail to access maps showing the rail lines in Iowa.

Workforce/Education 
Iowa has all of the key elements to provide a smart, productive workforce necessary to foster business growth. Not only does the K-12 public education system consistently lead the nation in graduation rates, students are also at the top on ACT and SAT scores. Lifelong learning is paramount in personal and professional growth. Iowa has a network of technical colleges, public and private colleges and universities to produce the workforce necessary to support Iowa’s employers. Workforce training programs are also readily available through our extensive community college network.

50 State Comparison 
We can tell you all about Iowa’s advantages, but you know best what is most important for your project. Utilize the 50 State Comparison tool to determine how Iowa stacks up again other states in the categories that are important to you.  Click here to Run your comparison »

 
 

"Iowa consistently ranks among the nation’s lowest in cost of doing business (our 5 year average places us 2nd.)  There is no property tax on manufacturing machinery, equipment or computers. Iowa is a leader in Wind energy production, which also helps us have one of the lowest utility costs in the nation.

While the nation’s growth in the Bio-science subsector of Research, Testing & Medical Labs has been 23.8% since 2001, Iowa’s growth has been 57.4%.  Iowa’s colleges and universities graduate approximately 1,500 engineers every year."

 
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