Sheldon, IA manufacturer makes major plant investment
By Kristen Johnson, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - bio | email
SHELDON, Iowa (KTIV) -
A Northwest Iowa-based company breaks ground a million dollar expansion. Maintainer, in Sheldon, will build a nearly 18,000 square foot addition on their plant.
The company's president says the decision to expand was based on customer demand.
Maintainer, which manufactures truck bodies and cranes, counts railroads and heavy construction companies as their biggest customers.
They plan to start building this month and move in next March.
The expansion is expected to streamline their production and allow them to manufacture their products more quickly.
"We'll essentially relay out the entire plant. The entire workflow through the facility is going to be moved so that it is in a straight line, so it can be done more efficiently than it can be today,” said Denny Michels, Maintainer’s President
Sheldon's mayor said Maintainer's $1.5 million investment is another sign of the strong local economy in this town of five-thousand people.
"Last year, I kept apologizing for the dust all around Sheldon. We were under construction on highways, on housing developments, business developments, sports complex. This year, businesses are growing,” said Tricia Meendering.
Along with the expansion will come more automated machinery.
However, the company says that doesn't mean they'll need less people to do the work.
In fact, they expect to hire 20 more workers when the expansion is complete, and have already hired ten, bringing them up to 140 employees.
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