ROCK VALLEY, Iowa -- Four expanding Siouxland companies were recently recognized with Iowa Venture Awards.

Iowa Area Development Group, which represents the state's rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and independent telecommunication companies, has presented the awards for 30 years.

The winners included:

-- Siouxland Machine Inc. and Siouxland Fabricating Inc., which each occupy 27,000-square-feet plants in the Westview Business Park in Rock Valley. The facilities will be joined by a new 44,000 square foot addition, an investment of more than $6 million in building and equipment costs that will increase productivity and efficiency for both companies.

The two companies were nominated for a Venture Award by North West Rural Electric Cooperative.

-- Spencer Ag Center was recognized for its recent $2 million investment. The new 25,000-square-foot headquarters, warehouse and service center is located in the Green Industrial Park in Spencer.

The business, which has been operation for more than 30 years, offers feed solutions and herd health assistance for cattle, swine, sheep and horses. It currently employs 27, including veterinarians, crop specialists and nutritionists.

Spencer Ag Center was nominated for a Venture Award by Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative.

-- NEW Cooperative, which was recognized for its nearly $30 million investment in a complex near Rowan, Iowa. The operational grain storage center and agronomy facility also will include a pelleting feed mill scheduled to come online in 2018. When fully-operational, the new 180-foot-tall mill will have a production capacity of 400,000 tons of pelleted feed per year. The facility will serve coop's 4,400 members and add value for the region’s grain and livestock producers.

NEW Cooperative, which has multiple locations in Northwest Iowa, was nominated for the award by Prairie Energy Cooperative.

-- Al’s Corner Oil Co. / Sparky’s One Stop, which was recognized for its recent construction of a $3 million Sparky’s One Stop travel plaza at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Iowa Highway 4 north of Rockwell City.

Sparky’s One Stop, which operates several convenience stores in Northwest Iowa, was nominated for a Venture Award by Calhoun County Rural Electric Cooperative.

The Iowa Area Development Group presented its 2017 “Outstanding Business of the Year” Venture Award to ELPLAST America Inc. in Marion, Iowa. ELPLAST, a Poland-based based plastics manufacturer of press to close zippers, recently located its North and South American headquarters and 30,000 square-foot  plant in the Marion Enterprise Center.


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