Sites of the Month:  Booth Industrial/Commercial Property

Career Fair is November 6th!

Save the Date Lunch and Learn Thursday, December 5th!

Pries Manufacturing Completes Major Expansion!

Diverse Manufacturers Highlighted in Buchanan County Tours!

Regional Job Board: Find or Post a Job!

SBDC Visits Buchanan County

Hawkeye Community College Business Solutions at BCEDC Office 

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Booth Industrial/Commercial Property

This is a nearly square site with excellent access to four lane US 20.  All utilities are at the site for easy extension into your project area.  Land can be subdivided. Long-range city comprehensive plans, call for the property to be developed as an industrial or commercial property. Restaurants, banks, convenience stores and Walmart are within short driving distance.
To see this property and get contact information go to and click available sites or click HERE

Questions? Contact BCEDC Director George Lake at 319-334-7497 or email

To see all available Buchanan County buildings click HERE 
To see all available Buchanan County development sites click HERE
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Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC) along with Sedona Staffing Service, Hawkeye Community College and Iowa Workforce Development is hosting the Buchanan County Career Fair on Wednesday, November 6th from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Heartland Acres in Independence.

If you are looking for work or just looking for a change, plan to attend the Buchanan County Career Fair which is free and open for all job seekers to attend. Multiple Buchanan County businesses will be on hand to take applications and to share information on available jobs and future career opportunities. Come to the Career Fair and find your next job right here in Buchanan County!

Businesses looking for workers? Go here to find out how you can participate in the Career Fair!

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 3:30-6:30 
Where: Heartland Acres Agribition Center, 2600 Swan Lake Blvd., Independence, IA 50644  (Exit 252 Off Hwy. 20 )
Download: Map to Heartland Acres

Be sure to bring a resume or employment history information and wear  your business casual.  We will see you at the Buchanan County Career Fair this Tuesday, November 6th!

Participating companies are from Buchanan County and BCEDC Investors..

Everything Your Business Needs to Know about the New Tax Laws! 
Lunch and Learn 

Thursday, December 5th

Details coming soon!


Pries Opens New Multi-Million Dollar Anodizing Line

After a year of construction on a new 50,000 square foot expansion, Pries Enterprises has announced the opening of their new anodizing line.  Pries will now be a vertically integrated one stop shop for aluminum extrusions, anodizing and fabrication.  The expansion will open several new doors for the company and its customers.
 “Our new anodizing line will allow us to dramatically reduce our lead times for our customers,” said Pries Enterprises President Matt McMahon. “We will now be able to anodize over 25 million pounds of aluminum per year.”

The anodizing line is fully-automated and boasts 36 foot tanks – making it unique to not only Iowa, but also the entire Midwest.
With in-house anodizing, Pries will be able to guarantee extruded and anodized aluminum in just four weeks,” said McMahon. “Providing better lead times will help our customers reduce inventory and increase their cash flow.  Also, anodizing in house allows us to control our quality and offer our customers even better service.”

Pries partnered with Joe Andrade of Andrade Anodize Consulting to help oversee the construction and startup of the new line.  Operations are set to start this week. McMahon says the expansion will create around 40 new jobs, providing new opportunities for residents of Independence and surrounding areas.

With its new anodizing line, Pries will offer 34 foot length capabilities, Conventional Sulfuric Type II anodize coatings, acid and conventional caustic etches, clear and architectural bronze coatings up to class I, bronze colors ranging from champagne to black, and AAMA 611-compliant Class I and Class II coatings.

Pries Enterprises is a family-owned aluminum extrusion manufacturer located in Independence, Iowa. Since 1976, Pries Enterprises has provided extruded aluminum and fabricated parts to companies in the Midwest and throughout the United States. For more information, visit, call (319) 334-7068, email at or ask your sales representative for more details. To find out more about Buchanan County Economic Development go to or email Director George Lake at

Article contributed by Pries Enterprises

Diverse Manufacturers Highlighted
in Buchanan County Tours

October is National  Manufacturing Month and Buchanan County Economic Development started it off right with a series of tours of Buchanan County Manufacturers.  Since 2016 the Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC) has partnered with local manufacturers to open their doors to the public and provide tours.  This year there were 8 businesses that participated in the tours.  These tours are an opportunity for Buchanan County residents and potential new employees to see what products some of our local manufacturers produce and how they produce these products.  Participating manufacturers include Wieland and Sons Lumber Company in Winthrop and Hager’s Roasting Company in Quasqueton.  Jesup tours included Bertch Cabinets and Prinsco Inc.  In Independence Geater Machining and Manufacturing, Iowa Engineered Processes, East Iowa Plastics and Signs and More opened their doors to a number of curious tour goers.

Buchanan County has a very strong and diverse manufacturing footprint, as shown by the businesses that participated in the tours this year.  Buchanan County is home to industries that distribute their products locally, nationally and internationally.  Since 2011, manufacturing jobs have increased in Buchanan County by over 50% and now constitutes 25% of Buchanan County’s total workforce. Manufacturing continues to grow, not only in Buchanan County but in Iowa and nationally.  Highlighting the different manufacturing jobs available in Buchanan County allows the public to see not only the workings of these companies, but also the benefits they provide to their communities and Buchanan County. To learn more about manufacturers in Buchanan County go to Companies Hiring  on the BCEDC website.  You can also email BCEDC Director George Lake at
Regional Job Site
Buchanan County Companies are Hiring!!
The Cedar Valley Regional Job Site is the place to go if you are listing a job or looking for one!

Live the Valley is the Regional website that includes Buchanan, Bremer, Chickasaw, Butler, Grundy and Black Hawk counties. w The job board  These are great numbers not only for those companies listing jobs on the site, but also for those job seekers looking for employment.

If you are looking for a job close to home click HERE to go to the regional job site located on the website.

If you are a Buchanan County Business that is looking for employees you can easily post a job without having to register, get a password or pay any fees.  Simply click HERE to go to the link on the website to submit a job on the regional job site.  Your available job will then be viewed by thousands of job seekers both within the Cedar Valley Region and beyond!  

Click HERE to access Buchanan County Businesses
that are hiring NOW!!
Please contact George Lake, Director, BCEDC if you need additional information. 319-334-7497
Starting or growing a business? Meet with the SBDC in  Buchanan County!
Are you thinking about starting or expanding a business, but you’re not sure about how to proceed? Do you need help in deciding how best to market or improve your business? Not to worry! Help is available through the UNI Small Business Development Center (SBDC)!
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be setting up shop in the board room of Buchanan County Economic Development (BCEDC) on Tuesday, November 12th from 11a.m. to 2 p.m.  If you are interested in starting a business and don't know the best way to go about it, the SBDC can help.  If you currently own a small business and are considering expanding or you want to review financial options, the SBDC can help.  

Contact George Lake of BCEDC at 319-334-7497 to make an appointment. The BCEDC offices are located at 112 1st Street East in Independence. You can also set appointments in Cedar Falls for other days of the month by calling the SBDC at 319-273-4328. To find out more about the SBDC click HERE or visit our website at We’ll see you on Tuesday, November 12th!


Hawkeye Business Solutions at BCEDC Office

Hawkeye Community College offers a local service to Buchanan County businesses.  Hawkeye sets up shop in the Buchanan County Economic Development office to meet with area companies on Thursday, November 14th,  8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Celia Evens, Training Coordinator of The Corporate and Business Solutions Department provides her services to the businesses and industries of Buchanan County at that time.
Hawkeye offers a variety of services to local businesses at no cost, including needs assessments, OSHA compliance evaluations, development of training plans, planning retreats and training events, succession planning, and arranging consultations with field experts (including safety, HR, professional development, transportation, quality, and technical areas).  They can also determine if your company qualifies for Iowa Economic Development Authority grants to assist with training costs and help with the application process.
Contact George Lake of BCEDC at 319-334-7497 or email to make an appointment.  To find out more about Hawkeye Business Solutions click HERE or visit our website at  The BCEDC offices are located at 112 1st Street East in Independence.

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The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC)
P.O. Box 109
Independence, IA  50644

Street address: 112 1st St. East, Independence,  IA  50644

Contact: George Lake, Executive Director
or Lisa Kremer, Communication Manager 
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