Hundreds get together to discuss economic growth in Hancock County.

"There is really a manufacturing mecca here."

Posted: Apr 4, 2018 9:30 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2018 6:37 AM

DUNCAN, Iowa- Hundreds of investors, economic development agencies and other interested business owners packed in to the Duncan Community Hall Wednesday for an update on how the county is doing with economic growth.
One of those in attendance was Allen Eden, President of the Original Saw Company. While he says his company has been able to grow over the last year, some have not been so lucky.
“There’s nobody out looking for jobs,” he said. “You really have to hire away from some other place. It’s a tough market.”
IEDA Director Debi Durham joined in the conversation after spending the day touring the area.
“There is really a manufacturing mecca here,” she said.
While she was impressed with the businesses in the area, she said there are several ways the county can benefit from teaming up with the state, especially when it comes to the housing shortage in many rural towns.
“The community can talk to us about housing initiatives,” she said. “As you grow your workforce, like companies need to do every year, we see a real opportunity here to grow an entire entrepreneurial community.".
And with the help of the state, Durham hopes other companies can succeed.
“We have a really small workforce, but we have been really lucky at hiring,” Eden said. “We hired a couple of guys in the last few weeks.”

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