Every day, dozens of vehicles drive past large, light-colored buildings on the southeast side of Fort Dodge that house the local Calcium Products operation.
This operation is about to gain momentum.
The company, which processes limestone and gypsum into soil additives, announced a $ 17 million expansion. It plans to build a new production facility on Webster County Road P59 from its current plant. The current factory will however be retained and will become a warehouse for the company.
This project will create two new jobs and keep the 11 current jobs.
The expansion will help the company find new customers and solidify its future here in Webster County. This is great news.
But that’s not the only good news on the economic front. Webster County and Fort Dodge are fortunate to be home to industries that have continued to grow, despite the economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For example, AML Riverside, a manufacturer of veterinary drugs, is investing $ 6 million in additional research and development equipment. It will also hire a dozen more people.
CJ Bio America, which makes amino acids to add to feed for livestock, has committed to an expansion of $ 20 million by the first quarter of 2022.
Koch Nitrogen has announced an investment of $ 140 million that will increase its fertilizer production by 85,000 tonnes per year. This is a very large project that will see nearly 1,000 employees of various contractors stay in the Fort Dodge area and spend money with local businesses.
White Transfer & Storage Co. Inc. is building a 105,000 square foot warehouse to better serve its customers. This is the latest construction project in a growth spurt for the company, which has built a 50,000 square foot warehouse in each of the past two years.
And recently, Elanco, a major producer of veterinary drugs, pledged to upgrade its facilities by $ 106 million. It will also create 26 additional jobs.
The bottom line is that our community has a vibrant industrial sector that will ensure prosperity for years to come.