Iowa Business News

Iowa Business News – including entertainment, finance, health and medical, non-profit, public policy and technology news from Iowa, U.S.A. (IA), as issued by the Send2Press Newswire service.


iEmergent CEO Laird Nossuli honored in National Mortgage Professional’s 2023 Industry Titans awards program

DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 4, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — iEmergent, a forecasting and advisory services firm for the financial services, mortgage and real estate industries, today announced that National Mortgage Professional (NMP) has selected Laird Nossuli to its inaugural list of 2023 Industry Titans – a new award program honoring housing leaders who represent the mortgage industry with professionalism and pride.

Technology Association of Iowa selects iEmergent as a 2022 Prometheus Award winner

DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 7, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — iEmergent, a forecasting and advisory services firm for the financial services, mortgage and real estate industries, today announced that it has been named the 2022 FinTech & InsurTech Company of the Year in the Technology Association of Iowa’s (TAI’s) annual Prometheus Awards program.

MediSked Joins the Iowa Association of Community Providers (IACP) as a Strategic Business Partner

URBANDALE, Iowa, Oct. 31, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Furthering its dedication to providing person-centered software solutions in Iowa, MediSked has joined the Iowa Association of Community Providers (IACP) as a Strategic Business Partner. IACP supports Iowa community providers so they can fully support Iowans in need of behavioral health and disability services.

iEmergent’s Laird Nossuli recognized by Mortgage Banker Magazine as 2022 Powerful Women of Mortgage Banking honoree

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 20, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — iEmergent, a forecasting and advisory services firm for the financial services, mortgage and real estate industries, today announced that CEO Laird Nossuli was recognized as a 2022 Powerful Women of Mortgage Banking honoree by Mortgage Banker Magazine. The annual award spotlights women who have made an indelible impact on the mortgage industry and are fostering the next generation of women leaders in housing finance.

iEmergent’s Special Purpose Credit Programs (SPCP) workshop will prepare mortgage bankers to launch their own diverse lending initiatives

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 13, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — iEmergent, a forecasting and advisory services firm for the financial services, mortgage and real estate industries, will host a virtual workshop on Special Purpose Credit Programs (SPCPs) on Wednesday, November 9: “Tapping the Potential of SPCPs: A Hands-on Workshop for Mortgage Lenders.”

EPIC Expands Life and Executive Benefits Platform with Acquisition of The National Benefit Corp

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 3, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants (“EPIC”) announced today that it has acquired The National Benefit Corp (“TNBC”). The acquisition further expands EPIC’s geographic footprint in the Midwest across its life insurance, executive benefits, and financial advisory distribution businesses under the Vanbridge Life and Executive Benefits umbrella.

Change Course is a tuition-free career and community development program designed to educate and empower those living in poverty

DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 12, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The objective of Change Course is to provide program participants (referred to as “leaders”) with stronger life and career skills. Through personal development courses and career-focused training, this six-month program aims to provide “leaders” connections to a network of business partners and higher-paying job opportunities.

iEmergent appoints Megan Horn as Chief Marketing Officer

DES MOINES, Iowa, June 30, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — iEmergent, a forecasting and advisory services firm for the financial services, mortgage and real estate industries, today announced the appointment of Megan Horn as chief marketing officer (CMO). In this role, Horn will oversee marketing, public relations, brand management and customer experience for the growing company.

iEmergent appoints Chris Richey as Chief Analytics Officer

DES MOINES, Iowa, June 2, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — iEmergent, a forecasting and advisory services firm for the financial services, mortgage and real estate industries, today announced the appointment of Chris Richey as chief analytics officer. In this role, Richey will oversee and expand upon iEmergent’s data analytics capabilities, which help mortgage lenders identify gaps in sales coverage and effectively expand into new markets.

Newly Formed Sky Auto Mall Purchases Junge Ford and Junge CDJR in Center Point, IA

CENTER POINT, Iowa, Aug. 25, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Two long standing dealerships located in Center Point, IA have been purchased and are now owned and operated by the newly formed Sky Auto Mall. Formerly Junge Ford and Junge Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM will now be owned by Alex Tovstanovsky, Dealer Principal and General Manager of Sky Auto Mall.

Midland Co., Iowa Shrimp Production Update

STORY CITY, Iowa, Aug. 17, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Located in the heart of the Midwest, Midland Co. continues to stock shrimp in the production facility in preparation for regular monthly production. Midland Co.’s mission is to raise sustainable, ethical, and delicious seafood.

Pattison announces the closing of a $17 million credit facility funded by Amerisource Business Capital

CLAYTON, Iowa, May 17, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Pattison Company, a leading provider of high-quality industrial sand, construction aggregate, armor stone and rail car storage, will use the proceeds to refinance existing term debt and equipment debt, new projects, and working capital.

Stride’s Evidence-Based Autism Therapy Now Available at Four Iowa Locations

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 6, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Stride Autism Centers (“Stride”), a mission-driven provider of evidence-based therapy for children with autism, today announced that it has expanded to serve families at four centers throughout Iowa. Stride is now actively enrolling clients at all four locations, including Clive and Johnston in the Des Moines metro area, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport in the Quad Cities.

Rural Iowa Manufacturing Jobs Surplus Means Big Opportunities

OSCEOLA, Iowa, April 29, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — It’s been a year since the manufacturing industry was hit by the COVID-19 crisis forcing businesses to get creative to manage their workforce assets. In April of 2020, the rural Clarke County, Iowa’s unemployment rate jumped from 3.4% to 11.8%, and more than 100,000 workers across the state were displaced, laid off, or simply let go when businesses had to close their doors, says Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC).

Green Janitorial Innovations Spur New Tech Company Focused on Occupant Health

DES MOINES, Iowa, April 12, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — With over eight years in providing green, sustainable, microbial protection to businesses, schools, and medical facilities throughout the Midwest, The Heritage Group of Des Moines, IA launched a new tech company, SPMC, LLC in the summer of 2020 to be led by SPMC President John Bergman and SPMC Technical Director Joe Johnson.

Addressing Post-COVID Shipping Shock – How One Iowa Manufacturer Proved U.S. Sourced Materials Provide Advantages in Economy and Efficiency

OSCEOLA, Iowa, March 26, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Miller Products Company in Osceola Iowa, supplier of stock pins and fasteners as well as precision and Swiss CNC machined parts, has seen a significant increase in the demand for quick-turn and custom machining due to the post-COVID shipping challenges.

Iowa Manufactured Homes Stand Up to ‘Inland Hurricane’

DES MOINES and CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Sept. 29, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — One thing Iowans are familiar with is wild weather, says the Iowa Manufactured Homes Association (IMHA). Positioned in the heart of the Midwest, Iowa’s weather ranges from extreme cold and snow to temperatures in the triple digits.

Midland Co. Launches Modern Production Facility in Story City Bringing Fresh Local Shrimp to the Midwest

STORY CITY, Iowa, Sept. 22, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Located in the heart of the Midwest, Midland Co. (formerly known as Kimle Aquaculture) announced the launch of an innovative land-based shrimp production facility in Story City, Iowa. Midland Co.’s mission is to raise sustainable, ethical, and delicious seafood.

South Central Iowa Community Steps Up to Support Senior Care Center

OSCEOLA, Iowa, April 6, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Since the WHO announced the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic status in early March, long-term care facilities have been on the front lines of the health and safety battle, notes the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC).

Osceola City Council Green Lights Contractor Bidding On New Wastewater Plant

OSCEOLA, Iowa, Nov. 19, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Osceola City Council has approved a schedule for taking bids on construction of the updated wastewater treatment facility. A recent pre-bid meeting brought in a handful of interest, but with design and budgeting finalized, the City is now able to open the call for bids to contractors interested in undertaking the project.

OpenSciEd Partners with Kendall Hunt Publishing

DUBUQUE, Iowa, Aug. 28, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Kendall Hunt is excited to announce they have been chosen as the manufacturing and distribution partner for OpenSciEd, a leader in the science Open Education Resource space.

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for THE KITCHEN DSM presented by the Justice League of Food (JLF)

DES MOINES, Iowa, April 4, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Justice League of Food will welcome supporters, partners, community leaders, and the general public to a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Celebration. Guests will include Governor Kim Reynolds.

Equestrian Grooming Products Maker Equi-Spa Works with Organization to Rescue Retired Race Horse – Announces Giveaway and Big Spring Sale to Kick Off 2019

WINTERSET, Iowa, March 31, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Equi-Spa, the leading maker of premium, all-natural horse care and equine grooming products based in Winterset, Iowa, announced today that it recently adopted a retired thoroughbred race horse in cooperation with the Neigh Savers Foundation.

Free Land Incentives Hope to Spur on Spring New Home Construction

OSCEOLA, Iowa, March 26, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Spring is finally here and with it comes the start of the building season. As part of an ongoing housing development initiative, Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC) has been working with the city of Osceola to offer home builders and developers shovel-ready sites at no cost for residential projects.

CCDC Celebrates 50 Years of Community Commitment and Success

OSCEOLA, Iowa, Jan. 30, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC). In August of 1969, the development corporation that has brought Osceola and Clarke County, Iowa numerous business and economic successes.

South Central Iowa Manufacturer Digs Into Storm Safety

OSCEOLA, Iowa, Nov. 16, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Osceola, Iowa’s SIMCO Drilling Equipment, Inc. took steps this week to address the risks surrounding dangerous weather – specifically tornado incidents like those seen in Pella and the Vermeer plant recently. With over two dozen employees housed in a steel-frame building, along with tons of manufacturing equipment, you can imagine what a similar incident would do to SIMCO.

Rural Iowa Veterans Gain Better Medical Access Through New Telemedicine Partnership

OSCEOLA, Iowa, Aug. 16, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Clarke County Hospital in Osceola, Iowa and the Veterans Administration in Des Moines recently partnered in a telemedicine exchange offering a rural Veteran a much-needed cardiology consultation.

Rural South-Central Iowa Sees Over $480,000 in Grant Windfall for Local Organizations

OSCEOLA, Iowa, July 18, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Rural organizations throughout south-central Iowa, specifically, the city of Osceola and Clarke County Iowa look to their development corporation, the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC), for grants and other assistance to add value and benefits to the communities they serve.

Osceola’s Altec Continues to Build a Better Future

OSCEOLA, Iowa, June 19, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Altec Osceola Body Plant has experienced tremendous growth in the five years it has been operating in Southern Iowa and is looking for the right candidates to join their exceptional team.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Closing film ‘High & Outside : a baseball noir’

LOS ANGELES, Calif. and DUBUQUE, Iowa, April 24, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — High and Outside, LLC announces “High & Outside : a baseball noir” film is the Closing film at the Julien International Film Festival in Dubuque, Iowa where “Field Of Dreams” was filmed. Moviemaker magazine named it “One of the 25 coolest film festivals in the World.”

Community Bank Helps Foster Future Leaders with Support of ‘Leader In Me Program’

OSCEOLA, Iowa, April 10, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Clarke County State Bank, through the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, continues to support Clarke Elementary School as an official school in “The Leader in Me” program. Since 2012, CCSB has been a strong contributor to the program providing the base funding for its launch with foundation grants and bank donations.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Scheduled to Honor Veterans at Clarke County Freedom Rock Dedication

MURRAY, Iowa, Nov. 8, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Clarke County, Iowa’s favorite daughter, Governor Kim Reynolds will join hundreds of community members, leaders and veterans in a ceremonial dedication of Clarke County’s Freedom Rock. On Saturday, November 11, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., the latest installment by Freedom Rock painter, Ray “Bubba” Sorensen, will be the site of a Veteran’s Day celebration and dedication. Those in attendance will hear from Governor Reynolds, along with local leadership, military officials, and community members from throughout south-central Iowa.

Southern Iowa Mayor Issues Life-Changing Challenge to His Community

OSCEOLA, Iowa, May 3, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — How often are you asked, “How far would you go for what you need?” Would you ever answer, “Across the entire state?” That’s exactly what Thomas Kedley, Mayor of Osceola in Southern Iowa, has challenged himself to do through Operation Recreation.

New Tech Advisory Board Helps Launch Career Academy Program in Rural Iowa

OSCEOLA, Iowa, Feb. 28, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — 2017 marks the inaugural year for the Clarke Community Schools Career Academy program in the rural town of Osceola, Iowa. School administration, instructors, and local businesses have set forth a program focused on helping local students build a deeper understanding of how their education is integrated into future career options as well as learning the skills needed for trades available outside “traditional” secondary education tracks.

Heritage Group Named Des Moines Metro’s Fastest-Growing Company on Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 List for 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 23, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Heritage Group in Des Moines, Iowa, has been identified as the #1 Top Environmental Service Company and the #2 Top Iowa Company for 2016, according to Inc. Magazine’s 2016 annual 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies. In addition to these honors, Heritage Group was also listed as #573 on the list, boasting an astounding 683 percent three-year revenue growth.

Free Land and Incentives for Builders Looking to Develop in Osceola, Iowa

OSCEOLA, Iowa, Jan. 3, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — As part of a new housing development initiative, Osceola, Iowa’s Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC) is offering home builders and developers shovel-ready sites at no cost for residential projects as well as reimbursements on interest for construction loans for a 12-month period. The CCDC launched the Zero-Cost Development initiative in an effort to capitalize on the recent growth trends and development throughout south central Iowa.

CCDC’s Trickey Appointed to State Advisory Board

OSCEOLA, Iowa, April 27, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Clarke County Development Corporation’s Executive Director, Bill Trickey, was recently appointed to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) State Advisory Board. The Iowa SBDC offers high quality assistance to current and future Iowa business owners. As a member, Trickey will influence decisions that benefit businesses and job creation throughout the state.

Clarke Schools’ Career Academy Focuses Students on Future Success

OSCEOLA, Iowa, Dec. 18, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Clarke Community Schools in Osceola, Iowa is developing a Career Academy that will provide a specialized course pathway for career-minded students. Aligned with Governor Branstad’s new Future Ready Iowa initiative, this program is the genesis of Clarke’s new curriculum director Jean Bahls and Bill Trickey of Clarke County Development Corporation.

Manufacturing Impact Recognized by State and Local Officials

OSCEOLA, Iowa, Oct. 12, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — With a visit to Altec, Inc. in Osceola, Iowa last month, Governor Terry Branstad doubled up the perception of positive manufacturing growth throughout Southern Iowa. Quickly following up an agribusiness / manufacturing visit to the community from Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, the feeling in Osceola and surrounding communities is recent manufacturing growth is making a significant impact.

Dual Perspective Leads to Top 4 percent International Recognition

DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 17, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — At the end of the day, all business professionals, from C-level Executives to hourly employees alike, are driven by recognition and accolades as much as income and profit. When it comes to being recognized as a ‘leader in your industry,’ there’s no better testament than those from your peers, and Roger Stalheim, President of The Des Moines Metro Alternative Board (TAB) can attest to that.