People and Partnerships Behind the Stats
Like many, Rosalind Fox, plant manager of John Deere Des Moines Works, came to Ankeny for a career opportunity. Once here, she discovered a vibrant community of professionals. “It truly is a great place to work and live,” Fox says. “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.”
As Chair of Ankeny Economic Development Corporation (AEDC), Fox presided over the recognition event honoring the projects and people that have had a direct impact on the success of Ankeny. They included three headquarter expansions, two public/private partnerships, multiple new businesses and a special person of vision.
To support their expanding geographic footprint over 16 states and additional products and services in existing locations, Casey’s General Stores is renovating their existing headquarters in the Metro North business park and adding 74,000sf of additional office space.
With residential and commercial services going far beyond Ankeny, Ankeny Sanitation is building a 27,000sf facility on 19 acres off SE Delaware. The total project is estimated at $7.5 million and will include a multi-level office space and state-of-the-art service bays.
Albaugh, LLC just completed a 7,000sf addition to their World Headquarters on NE 36th Street. This addition was needed to accommodate their growing staff.
Orbis students from Ankeny, North Polk and Saydel helped Dr. Jill Urich accept the partnership award on behalf of Ankeny Community School District. Each student shared with the room full of professionals one thing they have gained from this project-based program.
Karl Chevrolet and DMACC also received an award for their efforts to expand and enhance the training opportunities in the automotive industry. The Automotive Technology Center on DMACC’s Ankeny campus will be renovated and expanded to include more vehicle bays and new classrooms.
New Commercial Businesses
UnityPoint Health – Des Moines opened a state-of-the-art pathology lab this summer adding to an impressive list of labs in the area. Carrie Beck accepted the Commercial Investment Award on behalf of the 120 employees at the new facility on SE Convenience Blvd.
Mistress Brewing Company was both host and awardee for the annual Salute to Industry event. In addition to providing a great venue guests were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of their new brewing facility.
Person of Vision
Ted Rapp of DRA Properties was recognized as the 2019 Person of Vision for his years of behind-the-scenes development work with key community projects like Miracle League Park and Prairie Trail.
Left to right: Rosalind Fox, Ali Meier, Savannah Johnson, Roland Onwona-Agyeman, Camden Johnson, Zach Olson, Randy Munson, Grace Maddox, Abbi Edgar, Dr. Jill Urich, Stormie Michael, Ellie Owen, Josie Hyatt Crabb
Left to right: Nick Huser, Carrie Beck, Joel Fox, Dr. Jill Urich, Chad Brooks, Dennis Albaugh, Ted Rapp, Jami Paulson and her daughter Paityn Peterman, Brian Johnson, Jeff Heng.
Accumold CEO Honored as 2018 Person of Vision
Multiple Expansions Underway
Ankeny, Iowa (Oct. 8 2018) – There are many new businesses in the area, yet the focus of the 2018 Salute to Industry was on existing businesses and their leaders. Consistent with national trends the majority of job growth in Ankeny comes from existing businesses. At the October 2 Salute to Industry event hosted by Baker Group, five of those growing businesses were honored along with the 100 Women Who Care Ankeny charitable organization.
Roger Hargens was recognized as the 2018 Person of Vision. As one of the original investors and directors of Accumold, Hargens has helped shape every aspect of the company. It started in a garage in 1985. It now occupies an expansive 130,000+ square foot fortified facility on SE Oralabor Road. Hargens became CEO in 2000 when there were only 30 employees. Under Hargens leadership Accumold has grown to a staff of well over 300 and continues to hire. Long-time employees credit Hargens’ vision of what can be, his optimistic personality and loyalty to staff for the company’s success.
Four firms were recognized for expansions:
Long-term care prescription provider Right Dose A Guardian Pharmacy for renovating and repurposing the old police station on SW Walnut.
Agbioscience startup and John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition winner PowerPollen for doubling its facility on SE Creekview Drive.
Information security firm Pratum for its new headquarters on SW Prairie Trail Parkway.
Accounts receivable financing firm CJM Financial for expanding its office space at their existing SE Lorenz Drive location.
Right Dose A Guardian Pharmacy
Keen Project Solutions was recognized for its new investment in Ankeny. Keen will be moving into their new headquarters on SE Convenience Blvd in November. Keen employs over 90 today with plans to hire additional salaried positions with their move.
Keen Project Solutions
Described as a charitable shark tank, 100 Women Who Care Ankeny founders Kerry Walter-Ashby, Stacey Koeppen, Bobbi Bentz, Julie Mangels and Renee Murphy took home the Public/Private Partnership Award. The group they established has raised over $63,000 in 18 months for local charities.
Founders of 100 Women Who Care Ankeny
Unique to this year’s event were the Ankeny Orbis students and teachers who worked with Ankeny Economic Development Corporation on a video project to connect students to area businesses and answering the question, Why Ankeny?