Project at Army Ammunition Plant Could Create Hundreds of Jobs

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MIDDLETOWN, Iowa -- Gov. Terry Branstad announced a project Tuesday that could bring hundreds of jobs to Iowa

The governor announced the Commerce Center of Southeast Iowa will be the latest site to get certified through the Iowa Certified Site Program. The site is part of the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, near Burlington.

It is the 12th site in the state to be certified.

A certified site is already set up to build on and ready for immediate development.

The Commerce Center of Southeast Iowa site is different than the others because it's the only one to be located on a federally owned military installation. On the ammunition plant, workers assemble and pack tank and artillery ammunition and missile warheads.

With more than 150 acres, officials at the Iowa Economic Development Authority see a lot of potential for a large industry to build here and potentially bring in hundreds of jobs to the state of Iowa.

Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, believes having a property with extra security will attract more industries to build there.

“There’s also IT installations that deal with security matters, so it could be anywhere from software development to IT to certain manufacturing that’s dealing with Department of Defense,” Durham said.

Because the land being federal property, services such as ambulance, fire rescue and security are already on site.

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