The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


March 26, 2014

Letter to the Editor: Support Adcraft's plan for growth

Small business is very important to the city of Clinton. So why when one of Clinton’s small business owners such as Sullivan Bros. asks for a zoning change from C2 to M2 is it met with opposition from our City Council? This family owned business has been in our city for over 40 years and has grown to be a strong stable and respected Midwest company.

As city official Mr Couppee mentioned at the last council meeting, “most of the businesses in that area are zoned M2.” Our council seems to be concerned with the appearance of a new 6,600-square-foot building as people drive over the bridge and into Clinton.


The first thing people see now is a scrap/junk yard, the empty Union Carbide plan, to other old empty buildings across from the Chamber of Commerce and the empty Thomas and Betts plant.

What about the appearance of the old post office with all the broken boarded-up windows and the old YMCA building that will not look very attractive in the years to come? Additionally, how about the Odeon Club in the north end after it burned to the ground over two years ago.

As a long-time citizen of Clinton, a new Adcraft Printwear building (that is not in the heart of our downtown area) is not what I feel the council really needs to worry about whether it fits into the revitalization plan. What they need to worry about is that they may lose a business of 40 years that might relocate to a surrounding community that would love to see a business that is growing and adding employees become part of their city. The City Council needs to embrace the decision that Adcraft is asking for and keep that business here in Clinton. The city of Clinton will be losing the Air Vent Co. at the end of April as they are moving its manufacturing operations to Dallas. This will put more than 30 employees out of work.

We don’t need to lose another 18 jobs because we won’t change the zoning to M2 (manufacturing.)

The city of Clinton needs to invest in keeping the Sullivan Bros. in Clinton (a company that wants to build and invest in equipment and employees to continue to grow their business.)

Do the right thing and revisit the zoning change they are asking for and keep them in Clinton.

Jeff Keister,




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