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Donnellson Receives Governor’s Excellence Award

Published Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Water Quality Initiatives Get Recognized by State Donnellson has a population of just over 900 residence and is up for the award because of their recent water quality initiatives. Melanie Carlson project manager at French-Reneker, an engineering firm in Fairfield, says that the firm worked with the city to undertake and complete several water quality... more»

Mills Group Brings Jobs to Keokuk

Published Friday, July 22, 2016
Keokuk Mills to reopen steel casting foundry Keokuk Mills, LLC, is a company recently formed to reopen the Keokuk Steel Manufacturing Company, which was closed in March 2016 by its parent company. The new organization proposes to restart operations of the steel casting foundry that produces castings for manufacturers in the agricultural, construction and... more»

Economic Development Groups Sign Agreement

Published Monday, May 9, 2016
Paving the way for higher level of collaboration The economic development leaders from Keokuk Economic Development Corporation, Fort Madison Economic Development Corporation, Lee County Economic Development Group, Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission and Grow Greater Burlington, the economic development division of the Greater Burlington Partnership,... more»

Lee County EDG Receives State Award

Published Thursday, April 28, 2016
Business Retention and Expansion Efforts Recognized Lee County, IA, April 28, 2016– The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) honored economic development organizations during the SMART Economic Development Conference held in Des Moines on April 28. Lee County EDG received the award for Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Overall Program for... more»

First Manufacturing 101 Class Graduates

Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Lee County EDG, in conjunction with our partners, sponsored the first Manufacturing 101 course, designed to help develop the skills necessary to start a new career in manufacturing. This initial class graduates five students this week who have completed this four-month course, an additional student had to drop the class due to one of our manufacturing... more»

Lee County EDG Hosts Salute to Industry

Published Sunday, November 1, 2015
Manufacturing Matters Lee County EDG hosted over 100 people at their 3rd Annual Salute to Industry Wednesday, October 28th at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Fort Madison. The evening focused on the importance of manufacturing in Lee County including a presentation with Lee County industry trivia questions and door prizes from local industries. With the... more»


Published Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Lee County EDG, in conjunction with our partners, is sponsoring Manufacturing 101 course, designed to help develop the skills necessary to start a new career in manufacturing. Lee County EDG has listened to our manufacturing partners regarding the skills they need in entry level applicants. We tailored this program to meet those needs of our manufacturers.... more»

Henniges Automotive Celebrating 100 years in Manufacturing

Published Wednesday, September 9, 2015
September 9, 2015 - It all began on August 24, 1915 when Emil G. Lindstrand, a Keokuk contractor, was awarded the contract to build the new Standard Four Tire Company that would produce tires for the Ford Model T. In 1931, the plant was idle for a while when the company went bankrupt until reorganization occurred. Dryden Rubber Company bought the plant in... more»
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