Salute to Industry 2021
The new Kreg Tool Global Headquarters was the perfect setting for this year’s Salute to Industry event recognizing growing organizations in Ankeny. The fastest growing pet company in the country, Pet Parents, was featured in the new commercial investment category along with IBEW and Ruan. In the reinvestment category, Mom’s Meals was recognized for completing their third expansion in six years to their corporate headquarters on Corporate Woods Drive. Mrs. Clark’s Foods and Nilles Associates were also recognized for their expansions.
Why are these and other businesses choosing to invest in Ankeny? It’s a great place for employees, therefore it is a great place for businesses. You can watch Investing in Ankeny to hear more about these and other growing companies.
Quality Attracts Quality
Ankeny and our growing economic community is proof that quality attracts quality. In 2020, ETHOS Design Group and Kreg Tool were recognized for the significant commercial investment they are making in Ankeny. Our celebration of local business had to be unique to accommodate the Covid-19 pandemic, so we captured these projects and the quality business environment of Ankeny in the video below. Enjoy!
People and Partnerships
It takes extraordinary people to make change happen. Ankeny is full of thinkers, dreamers, and do-ers, all pushing for economic development. One of these do-ers is Rosalind Fox, who came to Ankeny in pursuit of her next professional milestone. Shortly after starting as the plant manager for John Deere Des Moines Works, Rosalind started to see the benefits of working alongside a community of driven professionals. Describing Ankeny, she wrote:
“It truly is a great place to work and live... that helps us retain current employees as well as attract new talent. That’s why I think it is important to celebrate what makes this a great business community.”
Now, Rosalind celebrates vibrant members of the community as chair of Ankeny Economic Development Corporation (AEDC). Through AEDC, Rosalind recognizes successes like headquarter expansions, new businesses and partnerships, and leaders.