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Thunder Creek Equipment Expands Iowa Manufacturing Plant

(l-r) Bruce Nuzum, CEO, Iowa Area Development Group; Doug Stewart; Ben Cox; Xochitl Torres Small; Greg Clark, CFO LDJ Manufacturing; Teresa Greenfield; Chad VanWyk, VP of Operations LDJ Manufacturing; Dave Greving, Sr. VP, Marion County Bank

(l-r) Ben Cox, Xochitl Torres Small

(l-r in forefront) Ben Cox and Teresa Greenfield, USDA State Director, Iowa

Thunder Creek Equipment and its parent company, LDJ Manufacturing, Inc. recently hosted officials from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) at its newly expanded manufacturing plant in Pella, IA.

The company added more than 25,000 sq. ft. of new manufacturing space to handle demand for its products in the construction and agricultural sectors. The expansion made possible by a $1.5 million loan through the USDA Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDLG) and the Pella Cooperative Electric Association (PCEA).

The program provides zero percent interest loans to rural utility providers, such as PCEA, that in turn re-lend the money at 0% interest to businesses within their communities.

Thunder Creek Equipment manufactures a full line of field fueling and service products for the construction and agricultural industries, including trailers and truck-mounted solutions.

Attendees at the event included Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small; Teresa Greenfield, the USDA State Director for Iowa; Doug Stewart, CEO of PCEA; and other representatives from state and area economic development groups.

"It was exciting to see how this new space is already filled with new ideas about how to manufacture," said Torres Small. "This building is now putting employee-driven solutions in place so they can manufacture more efficiently and diversify their processes."

"The new expansion here in our operations symbolizes both the considerable growth and demand for the Thunder Creek product, and the power of businesses and local officials working together to drive real improvement within their communities," said Ben Cox, President, LDJ Manufacturing, Inc. "This loan and expansion honor the good work of our employees and the strength of manufacturing in central Iowa and the U.S."

For more information contact:

Thunder Creek Equipment

1833 Highway 163

Pella, IA 50219


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