Community leaders in the Siouxland area, including northeast Nebraska, are working to land a new manufacturer, as well as hundreds of jobs. Resolutions are being signed requesting funding from the state of Iowa to bring in a company that makes wind turbine blades.
Sioux City Mayor Mike Hobart wants T-P-I Composites to build in the Southbridge Industrial Area, south of the airport. Hobart says they’re asking for approval from the Iowa Department of Economic Development for grants and funding for infrastructure for the project. He says the money would develop the site for T-P-I.
Woodbury County (Iowa) Supervisor George Boykin is optimistic they will lure the company to come to Sioux City. He says they have been in negotiations for the last 90 days or more and the state funding would put them one step closer to bringing in the new plant.
Sioux City’s economic development director says the 40-million-plus-dollar project has the potential for some 500 jobs. T-P-I already has a wind blade plant in Newton, Iowa, that employs around 500 people.