By Amy Kent
Herald Staff Writer
CLINTON — City officials and various business professionals joined together on Friday to celebrate a major economic development in the Lyons Business and Technology Park in Clinton.
After a little less than eight months, construction on a more than 29,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art data center concluded and Data Dimensions opened its doors to the community.
"When you make an investment like this, you really make it to the whole community," Data Dimensions Chairman Mark Bush said. "The fact that everybody was able to come together to fulfill our commitment to the community is amazing."
The new facility is a $6.2 million investment in not only the future of the Lyons tech park, but also in the future of the city. To add to the excitement Friday, Mayor Mark Vulich announced the city will receive a Revitalizing Iowa's Sound Economy (RISE) grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation.
The grant will be used to fund the development of a road from Millcreek Parkway to Iowa 136, which will eventually connect to the 19th Avenue North expansion project.
By completing the road, the Lyons tech park will see seven new commercial development lots adding to the growth of the area, a growth in which Data Dimensions has played an integral role.
"It's remarkable to see a building up in less than eight months," Vulich said. "It goes to show that government and private industry can work together, and work together very efficiently."
To celebrate that work, Lyons Business and Technology Park president Tom Determann, Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce President Nathan Sondgeroth and Clinton Regional Develpment Corp. President Mike Kirchhoff, among many others, were on hand to congratulate Bush and all the company leaders who welcomed the group on Friday.
"It's great that you've reinvested in Clinton," Determann said.
But Friday represented more to Bush than having an opportunity to speak to community leaders. For him, it is the rebirth of a company he has spent his entire life developing.
With tears in his eyes, Bush expressed his deepest compassion to his committed and dedicated staff members at Data Dimensions, and credited their hard work for the success of the company.
"This businesses is more to us than just a business; it is in our soul and Clinton is a part of that," Bush said. "We're feeling so grateful that we have this community and people with Data Dimensions behind us."
With the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony in the books, it is all work from here for Bush and the rest of the Data Dimensions family. Moving from the old to the new facility will take place this weekend, and full production of the company will be under way by Monday.
Bush expects it to take a little more than two months to get everything functioning on a high-caliber basis, but is confident that the facility will be running at full capacity by January.