Why has Iowa become a Midwest hub for business opportunity and job creation? Perhaps because Iowa understands its strengths and workforce talents, and has enacted legislation to support the advancement of key industries. More than 80 insurance companies are headquartered in Iowa and benefit from a one percent insurance premium tax. Iowa became the first state in the nation to develop a tax credit program to support the renewable chemicals industry. And our universities and community colleges develop curriculum specific for Iowa manufacturers. These are a few of the reasons why global leaders like HNI, Kemin, Cargill, Principal and Rockwell Collins call Iowa home.

Iowa companies, research-based universities and high-tech startups are tackling the challenges of tomorrow, today. The state is one of a only a handful that offers a 6.5 percent refundable tax credit on qualifying R&D activities to alleviate the risk of forward-thinking innovation. Iowa’s public universities leverage more than $750 million annually in research dollars, and have effective processes in place for technology transfer—allowing innovative technologies to move into commercialization faster.

Economic Profile

Top Employers

Mahaska County

Clow Valve Company
902 South 2nd Street
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
(641) 673-8611

Cunningham, Inc.
808 South Market Street
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
(641) 673-8577

Mahaska Bottling
1407 17th Avenue East
PO Box 50
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
(641) 673-3481

Musco
100 1st Avenue West
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
(641) 673-0411

Oskaloosa Food Products
546 9th Ave East
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
(641) 673-3486

William Penn University
201 W Trueblood Ave,
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
(800) 779-7366

Monroe County

Ajinomoto
1 Heartland Drive
Eddyville, IA 52553

Ajinomoto Food Ingredients, LLC
1 Ajinomoto Drive
Eddyville, IA 52553
(641) 969-4561

A.Y.M., Inc
Iowa Hwy 5 South
Albia, IA 52531
(641) 932-7841

Cargill, Inc.
17540 Monroe-Wapello Road
Eddyville, IA 52553
(641) 969-3845

Quiktron, Inc.
21 B Avenue West
Albia, IA 52531
(641) 932-3503

RELCO Locomotives, Inc.
2000 653rd Avenue
Albia, IA 52531
(641) 932-3030

Wapello County

Cargill Excel Meat Solutions
600 South Iowa Avenue
Ottumwa, IA 52501-3657
(641) 682-8532

Cargill, Inc.
17540 Monroe-Wapello Road
Eddyville, IA 52553
(641) 969-3845

Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview Avenue
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 683-5111

John Deere Ottumwa Works
928 East Vine Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 684-4641

Ottumwa Community Schools
422 McCarroll Drive
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 684-6597

Ottumwa Regional Health Center
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 684-2300