Tour showcases Cherokee County economic jewels

Monday, October 7, 2013
Iowa Senator Bill Anderson, Chief of Staff Tracie Gibler, Little Sioux Corn Possessors Plant Manager Steve Roe, and Mayor of Marcus Darrell Downs were part of a Cherokee Area Economic Development tour held recently. Photo contributed

Cherokee Area Economic Development recently hosted a tour for Congressman Steve King's Chief of Staff, Tracie Gibler. Accompanying her on the tour were Senator Bill Anderson (R-Pierson), Marcus Mayor Darrell Downs, and Congressman King's agricultural representative, Wayne Brincks.

They toured Little Sioux Corn Processors (LSCP) with Plant Manager, Steve Roe. Lisa Stowater provided a walk through the Hy-Vee Distribution Warehouse, and Sam Jennett lead the tour of American Natural Soy (ANS).

The message to Gibler was that Cherokee County is a leader in agribusiness - growing food and consumer products and getting that into the distribution system that feeds the world. Gibler was quite impressed and commented, "The workforce at Little Sioux Corn Processors and American Natural Soy are highly skilled and it's important that we recruit new talent to and keep our existing people in Iowa to fill these critical and rewarding positions."

Mark Buschkamp, Director of CAEDC, pointed out that each of these businesses are critically dependent on good transportation, using highways and railroads to receive material in and ship product out.

While grain used at LSCP comes from within a 40 mile radius, their feed products extend to three times that distance and ethanol is shipped internationally. CAEDC highlighted the groundbreaking work at ANS that is being used by the Department of Defense, demonstrating how Iowa contributes to the safety of our nation, our troops, and our food supply.

Gibler stated, "Hy-Vee Distribution is a marvel of organization and logistics. Most consumers have no idea what it takes to get the products on their shelves in the local store."

She left impressed with Cherokee County and the health of the local economy.

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