Despite the struggling farm economy, an agriculture equipment company is expanding its business in northwest Iowa. Officials with Icon Ag and Turf on Thursday celebrated the opening of a new building in Paullina. General Manager Adam Timmerman says the project became necessary due to a lack a space in another facility.
“We couldn’t hardly get any of the bigger equipment in — combines, sprayers, and four-wheel drives — we couldn’t hardly work some of that equipment anymore, so we knew we had to upgrade,” Timmerman said. The company’s new building, located near Mill Creek State Park on Highway 10, includes a 40,000 square-foot main building and 12,000 square-foot storage shed.
Currently, Icon Ag and Turf has 112 employees. Timmerman said the $3.3 million investment will initially bring the addition of 5 to 7 employees. “If the business grows, it might even be more than that,” Timmerman said. “I think the big thing is, when you build a building like this, it makes the statement that it will be here for a long time.” Timmerman said.
In addition to the store in Paullina, Icon Ag and Turf has stores in Ireton, Doon, Lawton and Le Mars.
(Reporting by Ryan Long, KICD, Spencer)