Letter to the Editor in the Burlington Hawk Eye

Lee County has a positive future thanks to the Iowa Fertilizer Company.

 

Letter to the Editor:

Promising opportunity

During the last few years, Lee County has been unfortunate in having one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. The recession was devastating to our economy, but for the first time in a while there is hope we can come out of this strong.

The Iowa Fertilizer Co. is an opportunity for multiple sectors in our community to expand. Southeast Iowa has struggled to create and retain jobs for a number of years now. A wave of more than 3,000 workers will ensure many businesses will continue to grow, and people will keep their jobs.

This surge of workers will increase revenue for business in the area. It will boost the local economy and allow us to be competitive in regional markets. For these reasons, Iowa Fertilizer is a push in the right direction.

I would like to thank the Lee County Economic Development Group for its efforts. Due to organizations like it, Lee County looks very promising in 2013.

MIKE HOLTKAMP

http://www.thehawkeye.com/story/Mike-Holtkamp-013113

Positive Impact from additional Iowa Fertilizer Company jobs

The economic impact of the Iowa Fertilizer Company in Lee County will be nothing short of amazing. I am sure most people in the area are aware of the 165 permanent jobs that will accompany the arrival of the plant. What many do not realize, however, is that recently the Iowa Fertilizer Company has asked for an additional 1,000 construction workers to an already needed 2,500 construction jobs. Bringing the total number of construction workers needed to 3,500! This means there will be more people buying from our local stores and restaurants. These stores in turn may hire extra workers, which brings additional income to families in need. We don’t need to be reminded that Lee County is still struggling to recover from the recession but with additional jobs headed our way, things are looking brighter for Lee County in 2013.