By Katie Dahlstrom
Herald Staff Writer
Elated at the news that three companies have chosen to expand their businesses in Clinton, U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack met with city officials and members of the boards of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Clinton Regional Development Corp. on Monday afternoon.
It was announced Friday that German rail tie manufacturer RAIL.ONE and Utah-based Nevada Railroad Materials will locate in the railport pending the approval of local and state incentives. These companies will bring 90 new jobs.
Wisconsin-based Data Dimensions also announced on Friday that it will expand its footprint in Clinton by building a new facility in the Lyons Business and Technology Park that will bring 130 new jobs to the area, double its current Clinton workforce.
This development is also contingent on incentives. The three companies will have more than a $25 million impact on the city.
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“It’s very exciting and positive to see what’s going on in Clinton. I have been coming here for two years since the redistricting and this, I believe, is the most positive news this community has received in the last two years,” Loebsack said.
Members of the Chamber and CRDC board discussed the projects and other economic development issues impacting the area with Loebsack on Monday afternoon. Beyond the railport and Lyons Tech Park expansions, the group also discussed the $7 million transformation of the Wilson Building.
Loebsack also pointed to the continued growth of the Clinton economy over the past nine years. According to Policom Corporation’s 2012 study, Clinton’s current economic strength ranks 112 out of 576 micropolitan areas — those based around an urban cluster with a population of 10,000 to 49,999 — in the United States.
The improved economic conditions and developments that have surfaced in the past few months will also set the city up for future success, Loebsack said.
“One thing builds upon another. That can only be good. It creates a synergy that people recognize,” Loebsack said. “It demonstrates just how attractive Clinton is for future economic development. I look forward to seeing all of the great things these new investments will bring and continuing to work with the Clinton community to bring good paying jobs to the area.”
Members of the CRDC and Chamber Boards said they felt Loebsack was excited to learn of the new economic development and understood Clinton’s economic climate.
“He’s very supportive,” former CRDC Chairman Bruce Christensen said. “He’s very knowledgeable of the community.”
Following the meeting with board members, Loebsack took a tour of the Data Dimensions facility at 2001 Manufacturing Court.