Success Stories

Celebrate Dubuque’s business achievements

Greater Dubuque Development is pleased to recognize the successes of our business community. Whenever a new business breaks-ground, or an established company expands, we are steadfast in our commitment to providing the resources and support that our local employers need in order to thrive. Below are recent success stories.

 

Universal Tank & Fabrication

Expansion, November 2017

Universal Tank and Fabrication plans to expand their operations at the Dubuque Industrial Center West. This locally-grown company manufactures high-quality pressure vessels and tanks for customers across the country. Universal Tank opened in October 2007 starting with 24 employees. Today this company employs more than 50 with plans to grow. 


Cottingham & Butler

Expansion, October 2017

Cottingham & Butler announced plans for expansion at their headquarters at 800 Main Street. For the third time in three years, the insurance broker will add to their workforce. With the addition of 20 employees, their total workforce will near 700. It is estimated that the renovation of space to accommodate the new employees will be a $2.3 million investment.


Flexsteel Industries, Inc.

Ground Breaking for Expansion, October 2017

Flexsteel Industries, Inc., along with the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, held a ground breaking ceremony for Flexsteel’s Dubuque manufacturing facility on October 2 at 10:00 a.m. at 501 Seippel Road.

In May 2017, Flexsteel announced plans to build a $25 million facility on 22 acres of land in Dubuque Industrial Center South. This retains more than 200 jobs in the city, including those in product design and development, industrial engineering, office, management, trucking, and various manufacturing roles. Flexsteel expects to complete construction in late 2018, at which time operations will transition to Seippel Road.


American Customer Care

Expansion, June 2017

American Customer Care announced plans to relocate to a 22,000-square-foot space at 2460 Kerper Boulevard. The combined investment from the company and the building owner is more than $1,000,000 to renovate and revitalize the space. Over the next 12 to 18 months, the company plans to add an addtional 180 positions at the new location. 


Flexsteel Industries, Inc.

Expansion, May 2017

Flexsteel Industries announced plans to relocate their manufacturing operations to a new site in the Dubuque Industrial Center South. The company will invest over $28 Million to construct and equip a new state-of-the-art, 250,000-square-foot facility. The current manufacturing plant is located at 3400 Jackson Street. 
This announcement comes as a welcome development after months of collaboration by private and public entities. The hard work and partnership of Flexsteel management and employees, United Steelworkers Local 1861, Teamsters Local 120, Operating Engineers Local 234, the City of Dubuque, Dubuque County, Dubuque Initiatives, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority once again demonstrates the power of collaboration which is the secret sauce for a greater Dubuque. 


Camso Manufacturing USA

Expansion, April 2017

For the second time in five years, Greater Dubuque Development had the privilege to work with Camso Manufacturing USA on a major expansion. Camso plans to relocate to a new building within Peosta, Iowa and purchase machinery and equipment. The company estimates a $6.3 million investment in the project and plans to add 40 jobs.


Lamar Advertising

Expansion, March 2017

Lamar Advertising broke ground on a new 13,000-square-foot facility in Dubuque. The expanded facility will house office space, a shop area, and storage for vehicles. Lamar Advertising employs 18 workers and creates ad designs, provides installation, and sells outdoor advertising space. The new facility is projected to be open December 2017.


Roasting Solutions/Verena Street Coffee

Expansion, November 2016

Roasting Solutions/Verena Street Coffee opened their new state-of-the art production facility and national headquarters in the Dubuque Industrial Center South. The 34,000-square-foot facility is nearly five times larger than it's previous facility. 


Truck Country

Truck Country (McCoy Group)

Expansion, March 2016

Truck Country opened a new 52,000 square foot dealership in Dubuque. The new facility is nearly double the size of the former location and features 21 service bays, a new alignment rack, detail bay, a flywheel resurfacing area, and an enhanced parts show room.


Rite-Hite

Rite-Hite

Expansion, May 2016

Rite-Hite announced plans to expand their current production facility in the Dubuque Industrial Center.  The $8.9 million project will add 138,000 square feet of manufacturing space along with 24 new employees.


Cottingham & Bulter

Cottingham & Butler

Expansion, April 2016

Cottingham & Butler announced plans to add 90 new positions to their local workforce over the next three years and invest $2.4 million to expand their operations into the Roshek Building in downtown Dubuque.

This project is the company’s second expansion in Dubuque within the last 15 months. With this growth, Cottingham & Butler’s workforce in Dubuque will total over 600 employees. 


RIE Coatings

RIE Coatings

New Business Expansion, February 2016

RIE Coatings has announced plans to open a new production facility in Dubuque. The company will hire 12-15 employees initially and occupy approximately 25,000 square feet of space at 5301 Chavenelle Road, Dubuque, Iowa.


Roasting Solutions

Roasting Solutions/Verena Street Coffee

Expansion, January 2016

Roasting Solutions/Verena Street Coffee has announced plans to invest approximately $7 Million on a state-of-the art production facility and the construction of a new national headquarters in the Dubuque Industrial Center South.  The project will create at least 10 new jobs. 


Cottingham & Bulter

Cottingham & Butler

Expansion, February 2015

Cottingham & Butler has announced plans to increase their workforce in the Greater Dubuque area. The company will invest over $1.2 million and hire 90 new employees.

Established in 1887, Cottingham & Butler is the 37th largest insurance broker in the United States. The company is a recognized leader in the areas of property & casualty, employee benefit services, risk management, and a host of other innovative solutions— including those in emerging market segments related to health and wellness.


Rockfarm Supply Chain Solutions

Kunkel & Associates

Expansion, October 2014

Kunkel & Associates has announced plans for an expansion of their headquarter operation in the Dubuque Technology Park. The company will invest over $2.5 million to double their office space to 20,000 square feet. Along with the expansion, Kunkel & Associates will hire 16 new employees.


Tri-State Quality Metals

Tri-State Quality Metals

Expansion, June 2014

Tri-State Quality Metals announced plans to construct a new facility in the Dubuque Industrial Center South. The company will invest over $3.4 Million to equip and build a new, 44,000 square foot facility.  Along with the expansion, the company will hire 10 new employees.


Rockfarm Supply Chain Solutions

Rockfarm Supply Chain Solutions

New Business Expansion, March 2014

Rockfarm Holdings, Inc. announced plans to relocate their corporate operations to Dubuque, Iowa, bringing 48 positions into the Greater Dubuque area. The company will invest over $2.5 Million as they construct their new headquarter facility in the Dubuque Technology Park.


Progressive Processing/Hormel Foods

Progressive Processing/Hormel Foods

New Business Expansion, January 2014

Hormel Foods announced the expansion of their Progressive Processing plant located in Dubuque, Iowa. Progressive Processing, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hormel Foods Corporation.

The company will be moving the production of its bacon topping products and SPAM line to the facility located in the Dubuque Industrial Center West. The projects will create 91 new jobs and have a capital investment of approximately $36 million.