Icon Ag and Turf is expanding its operation.

Icon Ag and Turf is expanding its operation.

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)