By CBJ News Staff
Frontier Co-op was awarded $300,462 in state incentives Friday for a $7.3-million expansion project that is expected to create 24 jobs in Benton County.
To meet an expected increase in demand for its Frontier Co-op and Simply Organic herbs and spice brands, Frontier plans to add bottling lines and fillers, as well as expand a warehouse by 22,000 square feet. Four of the new jobs will meet a wage threshold of $27.84 an hour, qualifying the project for state tax incentives under the High Quality Jobs Program.
The project is expected to take approximately two years.
“We continue to face unprecedented demand for our products and are grateful for the opportunity to keep expanding in Benton County,” CEO Tony Bedard said in a release.
The IEDA also approved incentives for a $5.5-million expansion project at Electrical Power Products in Des Moines expected to create two jobs and a $4.7-million expansion at Sukup Manufacturing in Sheffield expected to create 10 jobs. Electrical Power Products provides power management systems for power generation, transmission and distribution. Sukup makes grain handling equipment, grain drying equipment and grain storage bins.
The co-op already employs more than 600 employees at its Norway, Urbana, Belle Plaine and North Liberty locations. CBJ