Manufacturer from Wisconsin wants to expand to Iowa and chooses Dyersville as its first location


DYERSVILLE, Iowa (KCRG) – A Wisconsin manufacturing company is expanding into Iowa and has chosen Dyersville as the location for its new location.

Zero Zone manufactures refrigerators and freezers for grocery and convenience stores and plans to open a new facility in Dyersville early next year. Business leaders in the city said the plan is to start the assembly aspect of the company, which would add around 30 new jobs. Eventually, they expect that number to grow to around 50 new jobs.

Jacque Rahe, executive director of Dyersville Economic Development Corporation, said what really sets Dyersville apart is the camaraderie among local groups.

“I think Zero Zone was thrilled to see this kind of camaraderie in the community and this kind of camaraderie in the region that we are all working together to make their move as successful as possible,” said Rahe.

Rahe said the project was brought about with help from local organizations such as the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation and local colleges including Northeast Iowa Community College and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. She said Zero Zone is looking for a location near colleges to recruit workers and provide more training opportunities.

Zero Zone was also looking for an almost completed building that the Industrial Park in Dyersville at location 2336 Industrial Parkway SW could offer.

“The fact that we already had this fabulous product under construction, they could see where it would be placed, they could see the size, they could feel the quality of the work,” said Rahe. “Of course everyone wants to say, ‘If you build it, they’ll come,’ and that can carry over to customers or whatever.”

However, the building isn’t finished yet, which would allow Zero Zone to customize the building to suit their needs.

On Tuesday evening, Dyersville City Council will vote on a resolution to support a state request for financial assistance. Rahe said the state will consider the application on September 17, but for now the city must at least support the application.

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