Importing and exporting cargo throughout the U.S. or to countless worldwide destinations is efficiently done out of Iowa. The state has a reliable rail system, several regional airports and three major U.S. interstate highway systems (I-29, I-80 and I-35). Plus, the Mississippi River forms Iowa's eastern border, transporting barges in and out of the Port of New Orleans, and the Missouri River shapes our western border.
CJ Bio America, a subsidiary of Korean biosciences giant CJ CheilJedang, and Cargill have invested $500 million in a new biorefinery campus. Cargill operates a corn wet mill ethanol plant, while, next door, CJ Bio America uses the by-products to process amino acids for swine and poultry feed.
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While solid infrastructure and operational costs are very important to businesses, access to skilled workers is absolutely vital. We hear time and time again from CEOs that the productivity and commitment of their Iowa employees allow them to invest and grow their businesses. Nearly 33 percent of Iowans age 25 to 34 hold a bachelor's degree, and Iowa universities graduate 1,500 engineers each year. Plus, the state's community colleges collaborate with and adapt technical program curriculum to meet employers' workforce needs.
Financial industry software developer WebFilings moved from California to Ames, Iowa, as a start-up. Today they have more than 400 high-quality employees and plan to increase that number to 700 once their 60,000-square-foot expansion is complete.