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March 2011


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Index Business Know How 16

Home & Office 12

Business People 8

On the move 7

Chamber anniversaries 14

Ribbon cuttings 18


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Demolition to pave way for new jobs Global Foods plans to build pork processing plant at former Morrell site BY DAVE DREESZEN Business Journal editor

Deal saves utility relocation costs Gaining control of the former John Morrell site gives the city of Sioux City an added bonus. Morrell’s owner, Smithfield Foods, has agreed to turn over the 23-acre site to the city. The acquistion creates an immediate savings of $463,000 in utility work related to the reconstruction of the adjacent Interstate 29, according to city officials. The Iowa Department of Transportation, which plans to widen and improve the interstate through the downtown area, is requiring the city to relocate water and sewer lines that run beneath the existing pavement. If not for the Morrell deal, the city would have been required to acquire right-of-way from the meatpacker. – Dave Dreeszen

Earlier this month, the city unveiled plans to demolish the former John Morrell plant, which closed last April. The 23-acre site will be redeveloped as an attractive business park. The city has signed up its first tenant, Global Foods Processing, which plans to build a new pork processing plant there. The project would allow Global, which has operated in Sioux City for 17 years, to expand its product line and nearly double its workforce. The family-owned business, which sells 85 to 90 percent of its products abroad, will keep operating its 175-employee plant along Cunningham Drive. Submitted rendering “I have more demand than I can satisfy month. at our current location, not only for prodGlobal’s new 67,000-square-foot plant This rendering shows the new landscaping and buildings planned for the former John ucts we produce now, but for others,” Glob- would occupy about 10 acres in the Yards Morrell site. The largest building depicted would be Global Food Processing’s proposed pork al owner David Guest in an interview this 1-29 Business Park. There will be room for processing plant.


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two other shovel-ready sites, city economic development director Marty Dougherty said. City officials say they are talking to other prospects interested in expanding in the park, which will be heavily landscaped. A site plan prepared by the city shows a new tree-lined street along the western boundary of the Morrell property, parallel to Interstate 29. The design also calls for the planting of additional trees and green spaces. A weathered wood fence, erected years ago to shield the Morrell complex from the view of interstate motorists, would be removed.

By the numbers


Cost, in dollars, for the city of Sioux City, to acquire the former John Morrell site


Size of federal grant, in millions of dollars, the city is seeking to help finance demolition of the antiquated plant


Cost, in millions of dollars, of the new plant Global Foods Processing is planning for a portion of the former Morrell site

REMOVING AN EYESORE Three years ago, the city put a together a multimillion-dollar incentive package, installed extensive utilities at a new site and worked to pass at least two new state laws in a herculean effort to convince Smithfield to relocate its aging plant to an industrial park in the southern part of town. The $200 million project, which would have been the richest economic development deal in the city’s history, would have created 400 new jobs. But in the summer of 2008, Smithfield Foods abruptly walked away from the negotiation table and never returned. After the plant closed last April, city leaders spent months negotiating with Morrell officials about the future of the site. The company eventually agreed to turn over the property to the city. If all goes well, demolition could begin as early as this summer. To finance the tear down and other cleanup costs, the city has applied for a $2 million grant from the Economic Development Administration. City officials expressed optimistic about securing one of the competitive grants the federal agency awards for job creation projects. Because of the large job losses from the Morrell closing, the EDA has designated Sioux City as an economically “distressed” community, which raises the city’s ranking on a formula the federal agency uses to award the federal dollars, City Manager Paul Eckert said.



Number of new jobs Global expects to create over the first two years Journal photo by Dave Dreeszen / Find more photos and buy copies at

Global Foods Processing employs about 175 people at its existing pork processing plant, above, along Cunningham Drive. The company plans to nearly double its workforce by building a second plant at the former John Morrell site, which the company acquired earlier this month.

In addition to its unsightly appearance, local residents had long complained about foul odors from the Morrell plant, which had the capacity to kill up to 14,000 hogs per day. That is not an issue with Global, which buys its fresh meat from other companies. “There’s absolutely no odor produced by our operation, either here or at the new one,” Guest said. “We’re not even doing any cooking or curing.”

‘TIMING IS PERFECT’ Global’s expansion was several years in the making. Guest said he initially considered building an addition to his existing plant, but there was not sufficient adjacent land to do so, partly due to the facility abutting the Floyd River channel. He acknowledges being wooed by other states, including neighboring South Sioux City, which offered land in its Roth Industrial Park. While he preferred to stay in Sioux City, Guest said he was running out of viable

options until the city struck a deal for the former Morrell site. “The timing is perfect,” he said. “It all happened quite rapidly.” The Morrell land, he said, has “all the attributes that are essential to our future plans for expansion and diversification,” including close proximity to the company’s existing plant, and access to rail. A main line of the Union Pacific runs through the Morrell site, which also features a track switch. Guest said a second plant would allow Global to diversify, adding other cuts of fresh pork, including loins and butts. Demand for those products are growing overseas, particularly in Australia and Japan, he said. Canada, Mexico, Russia and New Zealand are among other countries Global exports to. In addition to added processing, the new facility would for the first time provide Global with its refrigerated warehouse space. The company currently sends its meat to local public cold storage warehouses.

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Guest said Global will be ready to start construction as soon as the city finishes preparing the site. Groundbreaking likely will begin late this fall or early next spring, with completion anticipated eight to nine months later. The new plant would initially employ around 60 people, and create up to 175 to 200 new jobs in the first two years, Guest said. Dougherty said the city is preparing a development agreement to assist Global Foods with its expansion. The city has provided financial incentives to the company on two previous occasions, when the plant first opened and then for a later expansion. The Morrell demolition and redevelopment is the city’s latest investment in the former stockyards area, which the city has renamed “The Yards.” In recent years, the city has razed a series of antiquated packing plants, including KD Station last year. The cleanup has led to the development of a new Home Depot, and two warehouse distributors – Johnston Supply and Van Meter Industrial.


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Rising crop prices fuel farmland values BY DAVE DREESZEN Business Journal editor

Area farmland values soared to all-time highs in recent months, with few signs of peaking yet. In Iowa and eastern Nebraska, average values rose 16 percent and 10 percent, respectively, in the last half of 2010, compared to a year earlier, according to a survey by Farm Credit Services of America, the largest agriculture lender in the two states. Some of the nation’s most expensive land is found in Northwest Iowa, where a series of post-harvest auctions have netted $9,000 or more per acre. One 80-acre tract in Sioux County brought an eyepopping per-acre price of $13,950 in November. Skyrocketing agricultural commodity prices, historically low interest rates and hot demand for scarce high-quality ground are combining to the land boom. In the latter half of 2010, prices for corn

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Auctioneer Bruce Brock takes bids at a farm auction in the basement of Primebank in Le Mars, Iowa, on Feb. 4. The 80-acre tract brought $10,000 per acre, a record price for Plymouth County. Farmland values are soaring to all-time highs across Northwest Iowa, as skyrocketing commodity prices put more money in farmers pockets.

and other crops nearly doubled, as exports from emerging nations and increased domestic ethanol production boosted demand, while droughts and other weather

calamities reduced global supplies to near record lows. The big run-up in prices came as most area corn and soybean producers brought in above normal

yields last fall. “We have some farmers who have done extremely well,� said Roger Klingensmith, an ag lender at Security National Bank in Sioux City. “That means they have cash that they can reinvest in land, which can continue to support the price going forward.� Producers looking to expand far outnumber existing landowners wanting to sell, however. “We’re seeing very strong demand for farmland with a very limited supply,� said Lee Vermeer, vice president of real estate sales for Farmers National Co., which specializes in agricultural real estate. “In most areas, we’re seeing the amount of land available down a third or half from historical levels.� The same low interest rates that have reduced borrowing costs for purchases have given retired farmers and absentee owners an incentive to put their land on the market.

“If you’ve got ground, why would you sell it when there’s nowhere else to put your money, where it would earn any better?� said Iowa State University Extension economist Mike Duffy, who conducts an annual farmland value survey. Outside investors, such as large hedge-fund managers, have increasingly become bullish on farmland because it offers a better rate of return than government-insured instruments such as U.S. Treasury bonds and less risk than even bluechip stocks. Amid growing fears over a declining U.S. dollar and record federal budget deficits, many investors view farmland as a hedge against inflation fears. “It makes more sense for me to invest in land than gold or silver or anything else,� Le Mars auctioneer Bruce Brock said. “At least while you’re holding on to it, you’re


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OnTheMove Edward Jones hires financial advisor

In her new role, Snow will spent the last 20 years in the industrial packaging indus- assist Jackson in strategizing try, working as a distributor its external initiatives, adThe financial services firm sales representative. vancing philanthropy, as well as connect Jackson with supEdward Jones has hired Josh Boomsma as the new finan- Physician joins porters in the community. cial advisor Snow has 14 years of exLe Mars clinic staff perience in non-profit for the Sioux City, Iowa Dr. Ellen Catalan-Aqui- management and was most branch ofno will join the medical staff recently the business adminfice located at Floyd Valley Hospital’s istrator/operations executive at 308 West Family Medicine Clinics, for Chapel Hill Presbyterian 28th Street. beginning in August. Church in Gig Harbor, Was. Edward A board certified family She attended Marymount Jones pro- Josh physician, Catalan-Aquino College in Rancho Palos vides finan- Boomsma will provide all facets of Verdes, Calif., California cial services family health care services. State University, Sacramento for individual investors in the She has a strong interest in and has completed studies United States and, through women’s health, including mediation at the National its affiliate, in Canada. obstetric care. Conflict Resolution Center, Aquino earned her under- San Diego. Gospel Mission hires graduate, graduate and meddegrees and completed a Ad agency promotes development director ical residency in the Philippines. two designers The Gospel Mission an- She completed an additional nouncesthe addition of residency in Family Medicine J.D. Gordon Advertising David Delzell as the orga- at Eastern Virginia Medical announces the promotion of nization’s new development School, where she is current- Stacy Pearson and Ashley director. ly a faculty member as well as Gates to senior graphic deIn his new role, he will be in her own private practice. signer. responsible for donor/funIn their new roles, Pearson draising events, public rela- Jackson Recovery and Gates are responsible for tions and the scheduling of concepting, design and proCenter names VP volunteers. duction of print, web, out of A Sioux City native and Carey Snow has joined home, point of sale, identity graduate of Sioux City North Jackson Recovery Centers development, interactive deHigh School, Delzell earned a Inc. as vice-president of sign and online marketing, B.A. in business administra- resource development and direct response, packaging, tion from Concordia Univer- executive director of the ad- signage and other promosity in Seward, Neb. Prior to diction prevention and treat- tional elements. joining the Mission, Delzell ment provider’s foundation. Pearson graduated magna


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Mercy adding two cardiologists Two more heart specialists have joined Mercy Cardiology, Mercy Medical Center’s new hospital-aligned group of cardiologists. Drs. Donald S. Ruffett and Leonard Stein will join Dr. Ramin Artang and Mercy Cardiology medical director Mick Hurley as the newest

members of the physician group. Ruffett comes to Mercy Cardiology from Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. He graduated from Boston University Sc h o o l o f Donald S. M e d i c i n e Ruffett and has been in private practice since 1977. He is also an assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center and has a fellowship at the American College of Cardiology. Stein has been seeing patients at Mercy Medical Center since late last year, when he joined the staff as a visiting p hys i c i a n . He is tripleboard certified in internal medicine, nuclear medicine and nuclear Leonard Stein cardiology. The New York native has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, a master’s degree

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Mercy names emergency manager Ray Sencenbaugh has been appointed manager of Emergency/ Trauma/ Air Care at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Sencebaugh most r e c e n t l y Ray worked in Sencenbaugh the Mercy emergency department in a staff position. He completed his ADN at Western Iowa Community College and his BSN through the University of Iowa. Sencenbaugh has a BA degree in business administration and previous managerial experience in transportation and golf course management prior to entering the nursing profession.


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BusinessPeople Center For Siouxland elected officers for 2011 at its February board meeting. The board chairperson is Rebecca Nelson, Rawlings, Nieland Law Firm; Vice chair is Cheryle Power, JD Gordon Advertising; Treasurer is Mike Horner, Siouxland Federal Credit Union; and Secretary is Michaele Lewis, US Bank. Returning board members include past chair, John Wagner, Well Fargo Bank Iowa; Kathy Gunderson, Gunderson Jewelers; Vickie Hirchert, Great West Casualty Co.; Patrick Tott, attorney at law; and Jeff Zyzda, FiberComm LC. Newly elected Board Members are Helen Lewis, Western Iowa Tech Community College: Dale McKinney, M+ Architects: Monique Scarlett, Bank of America; Beau Streck Well Fargo

Advisors; and Anne Westra, City of Sioux City. Center For Siouxland is a non-profit agency that provides an array of services including: Bridges West Transitional Housing for the homeless, prescription and utility assistance, a pantry, 2-1-1 Center, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Consumer Credit Counseling, HUD-certified Housing Counseling, and the Conservatorship/Representative Payee Program.

Gospell Mission adds board members Marla Groeneweg and Joel Steenhoven joined The Gospel Missionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors at its January meeting. Each member serves a three-year term. The Mission also elected its executive board which now includes: George Wall President; Tom Fitch - Vice President; Marge Delzell Treasurer; and Clyde Pritchett - Secretary. Additional board members include: Bill Bouwman, Bob Jensen, Merton Marshall, Steve Martin, Richard Salem, Bill Sautter, Hubert Schuller, Gerrit Van Holland and Duane Vander Plas.

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WITCC announces foundation board

Members retiring from the Foundation Board are Larry Book, manager, L&L Book Properties; Leroy Schoon, president, Schoon Construction, Cherokee; and Richard Waller, CEO and board chairman, Security National Bank. Other board members include Rick Aadland, CEO, Pioneer Bank; John B. Anderson, partner, Corbett Anderson Corbett Vellinga & Irvin, LLP; Cy Chesterman, CEO and chairman, Chesterman Company; Deborah Cook, corporate counsel and secretary, Great West Casualty Company; Dr. Robert E. Dunker, WITCC president; Mary Ellen Hartman, commercial property manager, Klinger Properties Inc.; Dr. Robert Kiser, WITCC president emeritus/honorary board member; Justin Meyer, LEED AP, PLaN Architecture; Ginny Peterson, community volunteer; Lillyan Rodriguez, sales associate, United Real Estate Solutions; and Jon Winkel, CEO and vice chair of Long Lines LLC.

The Western Iowa Tech Community College Foundation has announced its officers and board members for 2011. Skip Perley has been re-elected president of the foundation. Perley is president/ CEO of TEC-Corp., which owns Thompson Electric C o m p a n y Skip Perley and Electric Innovations in Sioux City, Omaha, and Sioux Falls. Jim Rocklin, president of Rocklin Manufacturing Co., was re-elected vice president, and Troy Jasman, vice president of finance and administrative services, Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC), was reelected treasurer. New members of the foundation are E.B. Baker, president, C.W. Suter Services; Greg Berenstein, attorney, Berenstein Law Firm; Jane Briar Cliff prof has Gilbert, co-executive direc- Shriners attend article published tor, SIMPCO; Jeana GoosWinnipeg meeting mann, attorney, Goosmann David Wiltse, assistant Law Firm; and Clarence Six representatives from professor of political sciHoffman, owner, Hoffman Abu Bekr Shrine recently at- ence at Briar Cliff UniverAgency. tended the Midwest Shrine sity, recently had an article published in Insight Turkey, an international journal of political research and Turkish interests. Wiltseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s article â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Congressional Elections of 2010

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Co-op adds $20 million in grain storage BY RUSS OECHSLIN Business Journal correspondent

ALBERT CITY, Iowa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After being forced to store almost 2 million bushels of corn on the ground here last fall, Ag Partners is adding three 720,000 bushel grain bins to its facility here and two like bins to its elevator in Royal, where the co-op was forced to truck about 1.5 million bushels of grain elsewhere for storage during the last harvest season. The $5.4 million Albert City project comes as a part of a $20 million expansion program of Ag Partnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grain storage facilities throughout Northwest Iowa. The multi-phased investment, unanimously approved by its board of directors last year, is the largest in the co-opâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100-year history. The cooperativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owners voted in September to retain 100 percent of their 2010 earnings to help finance a portion of the expansion. The initial phase of the project got under way here last fall with the construction of the three bins.

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Fred Ehlers, superintendent of the millwright crew responsible for the erection of three new 720,000 bushel grain bins at Ag Partners in Albert City, stands atop one of the 12-foot concrete foundation that will provide for above ground grain handling tunnels.

The project increases total storage at the Albert City site to 7.7 million bushels. Each bin will sit on a concrete pad 12 feet off the ground to allow for

above ground-level conveyors in a tunnel. A second phase will add two 720,000 bushel bins at Ag Partnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Royal location in Clay County.

Both projects should be completed before this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harvest, said Fran Marron, Ag Partnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vice president of grain. On its peak days the Albert City site handles about 500 trucks per day about 500,000 bushels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re geared for. A big non-harvest day is still about 100 to 150 trucks per day,â&#x20AC;? Marron added. Based on current volumes and yield trends, Marron said he expects continued construction of storage facilities in the Ag Partnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Numbers continue to go in one direction,â&#x20AC;? he said, forecasting a continued increase in volume. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real trend increase runs 2 to 3 percent a year on the new hybrids. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen about 4 percent annual growth. The geographic footprint, as you expand the facility â&#x20AC;&#x201C; your draw area â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will reach out a little bit further if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing a better job of harvest unload speed, and handling and drying facilities compared to your competing neighbors.â&#x20AC;?

Only about a decade ago, Marron noted, about 80 percent of the grain coming to Albert City came in small wagons pulled by tractors. Today, he said that has become about 80 percent hauled in semi trailers, and only 20 percent in wagons. The change has been most dramatic in the last five years as operations have gotten bigger and combines have gotten bigger to meet the need. They almost need semis to get it away from the combine now. Increased volumes at Alton and several other facilities are being reviewed for the next phases of this expansion, Marron said. In addition to Albert City, Royal and Alton, Ag Partners has facilities in Sheldon, Matlock, Hospers, Maurice, Orange City, Sutherland, Merrill, Hartley, Calumet, Alta, Emmetsburg, Fonda and Norwest Ag in Boyden. Construction is done mostly by Ag Partners crews headed by Bill Lyster.

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Nitrogen demand keeps Port Neal CF facility expanding to make urea-based solution that curbs diesel exhaust emissions BY DAVE DREESZEN Business Journal editor

SIOUX CITY – A semi-trailer truck idled beneath an elevated structure at CF Industries’ Port Neal plant last week, as an overhead spout loaded the truck’s tanker with liquid fertilizer. An average of 80 trucks per day pull in and out of the facility with loads of nitrogen-based products destined for co-ops and other ag suppliers and distributors within a roughly 150-mile radius of Sioux City. During the busy spring planting season, the number of trucks can swell to more than 200 daily, production manager Russ Nordstrom said. Nordstrom and plant manager Nick DeRoos recently led a Business Journal reporter and photographer on a tour of the Port Neal plant, which CF took over following its acquisition of Sioux Citybased Terra Industries last year.

CF Industries Port Neal nitrogen facility has the daily capacity to produce up to 1,100 tons of ammonia, most of which is upgraded into nitrogen-based fertilizer products.

Business Journal photos by Jerry Mennenga

A semi-trailer truck, left, is loaded with a liquid fertilizer called urea ammonium nitrate solutions, or UAN, at CF Industries Port Neal Nitrogen Facility. In the open space to the right, the plant plans to build an additional truck bay to load urea liquor.

“Our mainstay is farming,” said DeRoos, an 18-year veteran of Terra who was prompted to plant manager last October. “If the farmers are doing well, we follow

suit. When times are tough for them, it’s tough for us as well.” Lately, times have been good for Midwest grain

producers. A big run-up in corn prices in recent months has increased demand for nitrogen fertilizer, which must be applied to add nutrients to the crop. CF, the largest producer of nitrogen-based fertilizer in North America, expects 92 million corn acres to be planted in the U.S. this spring, up about 4 million acres from last year. “Every product we make has high demand right now,” DeRoos said. “For the equipment we have in place, we’re making everything we can.” Port Neal has the daily capacity to produce up to 1,100 tons of ammonia, the basic building block in various nitrogen products. Most of that production is upgraded into urea ammonium nitrate solutions,

or UAN, a liquid fertilizer that has grown in popularity in the last decade due to its versatility. UAN can be applied in a variety of soil types and conservation tillage practices, which are common in the rolling hills and lights soil types of regions such as western Iowa’s Loess Hills. DeRoos noted a number of producers still favor anhydrous ammonia. But wet weather conditions in the spring prompt some to switch to the higher-margin UAN.

TERRACAIR PRODUCTION A multi-million dollar expansion project underway at Port Neal has the potential to diversify the plant’s product mix. Port Neal will become the fourth former Terra plant to produce TerraCair Ultrapure DEF, an additive that cuts pollution from diesel trucks. A urea-based emissions treatment system, known as Selective Catalyst Reduction, has emerged as the dominant technology to comply with U.S. clean air laws that kicked in last year, requiring heavy diesel engines to minimize emissions of nitrogen oxides, or NOx. The soot- and

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A 200,000 gallon UAN tank is shown at CF Industries’ Port Neal nitrogen complex. CF has operated the plant just south of Sioux City since acquiring Terra Industries last year.

smog-forming pollutant contributes to respiratory and heart problems, according to health experts. TerraCair, a solution of 32.5 percent urea and 67.5 percent demineralized water, triggers a chemical reaction in the catalytic converter that converts NOx into harmless nitrogen into harmless water and nitrogen. Terra had approved the Port Neal TerraCair project in early 2010, but it was temporarily put on hold after CF completed its

$4.7 billion deal for the Sioux City-based company last April. After evaluating the Port Neal project, the new owners gave the green light for it to proceed. When the work is finished, Port Neal will have the capacity to annually produce 38 million gallons of TerraCair, DeRoos said. Construction is expected to begin this spring on the expansion, which includes building a 500,000-gallon storage tank, installing new piping, and

expanding the existing truck and rail loading areas. An additional truck bay dedicated to loading TerraCair will be built next to the existing three UAN bays, Nordstrom said. The project, scheduled for completion by the end of this year, will not add any jobs at the Port Neal plant, which currently employs 95. The work will create an estimated 30 construction jobs, however.

PURE WATER To produce TerraCair, Port Neal also will need to ramp up production of its demineralized water, which is also used to cool its

Plant manager Nick DeRoos, right, and production manager Russ Nordstrom, left, talk about the Port Neal nitrogen plant, which CF Industries took over last year following its acquisition of Terra Industries.

boilers. The plant draws its water primarily from the adjacent Missouri River. The plant’s elaborate treatment process removes ammonia, minerals and other particulate matter, leaving a crystal clear solution. “You can’t take dry urea and add some city water and expect to come up with this quality of a product,” DeRoos said of TerraCair. A pure product is vital because impurities can clog filters or foul catalytic convertors, rendering the costly aftertreatment systems

ineffective. To maintain its high purity standards during shipping, DeRoos said the company is investing in a fleet of stainless steel rail cars. Two other CF plants – in Mississippi and Ontario, Canada – are already producing TerraCair, and another project is underway at a plant at Woodward, Okla. Port Neal, DeRoos noted, is uniquely situated on the Union Pacific line, allowing direct rail access to the Pacific Northwest.



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Pointe at Sunrise appoints two Angie Lewis has joined Sunrise Retirement Community in Sioux City as marketing representative for The Pointe at Sunrise. Lewis joins the current Angie Lewis m a rke t i n g director Char Hesse. Lewis will work with individuals interested in moving into the 62-apartment community, which opened in 2009. Lewis joined Sunrise in 2005 as a registered nurse and has worked in all areas at Sunrise. She earned her associates degree in nursing from Western Iowa Tech Community College, and a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in healthcare management from Bellevue University.

Elaine Brown is the new wellness nurse at The Pointe at Sunrise. Brown will perform all resident health screen assessments, administer flu, pneumonia and tetanus shots and perform blood pressure checks. Brown will provide residents information on wellness and is there to answer Elaine Brown questions about medications or calls the pharmacists for answers. A registered nurse for 35 years, she earned her bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in nursing from Briar Cliff University and spend most of her nursing career at Mercy Medical Center.

Enlighten yourself about melanoma Kristinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s physician, examining her after the birth of her second child, first noticed the suspicious growth on Kristinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back that was later diagnosed as melanoma. Red-haired and fair of skin, Kristin had always been careful about protecting herself from the sun, but her aunt had died of melanoma and her sister was recently diagnosed, so she knew her risk was high. She KIRA OREGON heeded the warning, and her doctor removed the melanoma before it had become invasive. The incidence of melanoma in the United States has been increasing over the past several decades. In 1973, there were 5.7 cases diagnosed each year per 100,000 people; in 2007, there were 20.1 per 100,000. Even with knowledge about the cancer-what causes it, who is at risk and what it looks likeKristin was unable to prevent the disease, but she was able to protect herself from the life-threatening consequences. A cancer of the pigment-producing cells, melanoma is the least common of skin cancers but the most deadly. Since itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the skin, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to spot it while successful treatment is possible, but too many Americans fail to do so: more than 68,000 persons are diagnosed with malignant melanoma every year and about 8,500 die.

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Farmland: Livestock drives up prices FROM PAGE 6 getting a return on the money from the cash rent.â&#x20AC;? Though their ranks are growing, non-farmers still only account for less than 15 percent of farmland purchases. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The farmers are still outbidding the investors in most cases,â&#x20AC;? Vermeer said. Vermeer said farmers are willing to pay a premium price for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;farm next door that probably only comes up for sale once in a lifetime.â&#x20AC;? Vermeer is originally from Sioux County, which is home to some of the Midwestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most valuable farmland. In Mike Duffyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 survey, farmland in neighboring Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien and Sioux had the highest average value among Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 99 counties, at $7,148 and $7,048 per acre, respectively, up 18 percent from the previous year. A large concentration of livestock in the region is helping drive up prices in the two counties. In addition to

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing very strong demand for farmland with a very limited supply. In most areas, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing the amount of land available down a third or half from historical levels.â&#x20AC;?

LEE VERMEER Farmers National Co. beef cattle and hogs, there also has been a resurgence in dairy operations in that region in recent years. State regulations require large livestock confinements to file manure management plans, and have sufficient acreage to dispose of the waste. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien and Sioux were the first counties in the 60year history of the survey to top the $7,000 mark. It was also the first time since 1977 that Scott County, located

on Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eastern border did not have the highest average land values. Duffy, who conducts the annual survey of 479 real estate brokers, ag lenders and others familiar with farmland. Of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nine crop reporting districts, the 12 county-area in the extreme northwest tier â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Lyon, Plymouth, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, Osceola and Sioux City â&#x20AC;&#x201C; reported the highest average value of $6,356 per acre, up 18.5 percent from the previous year. Individually, all 17 Northwest Iowa counties in the Journalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s circulation area saw average gains between 16 and 20 percent. In addition to Sioux and Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, eight other counties had per-acre average prices above $6,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Lyon, Osceola, Plymouth, Pocahontas and Sac.

Home & Office: Protect yourself from the sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harmful rays FROM PAGE 12 a suspicious mole or other growth, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t delay in having your family doctor or dermatologist check it out. You are never too old or too young to protect yourself from the damaging effects of UV radiation and therefore lower your risk of melanoma. It is particularly important to protect infants, children, and teens, since about 80 percent of lifetime sun exposure is received by age 18. Studies show an increased risk of melanoma is strongly associated with blistering sunburns between the ages of 10 and 19. It takes 10-15 years for your skin to manifest the damage that was caused by

excess sun exposure. So, skin that was damaged in a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teens and 20s may not show up until they are in their 30-40s. The most effective way to protect yourself from harmful UV radiation is to stay out of the sun. Stay indoors or look for shade in the middle of the day when UV radiation is strongest, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Seek shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter before you need relief from the sun. Try to plan outdoor activities for the early morning or late afternoon, when UV radiation is typically one-third of what it is at midday. If you are going to be in the

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Area company’s barn business still booming BY DAVE DREESZEN Business Journal editor

WAYNE, Neb. – A northeast Nebraska maker of kits for old-fashioned barns keeps growing at a torrid pace. Sand Creek Post & Beam’s recent acquisition of Texas Timber Frames offers opportunities for even more growth. Sand Creek’s sales jumped 50 percent in 2010, compared to the previous year. Fortyfive percent of last year’s gross sales came during the final four months, producing the largest single quarter in the company’s sixyear history. Through February, the company had five straight months of record sales, said chief operating officer Bud Reynolds. “We’re adding dealers like crazy,” Reynolds said. “Last month, we had 1,200 leads come in. We can’t even service them all.” A substantial portion of the barn kits sold last year are scheduled to be manufactured, bundled, shipped Bud Reynolds and constructed this spring and summer. Reynolds said Sand Creek has stepped up marketing of its high-quality products through a redesigned Web site and other electronic communications such as social media and mass emails. “We’re constantly reaching out to people who may not known we’re here,” he said. Texas Timber Frames, based in San Antonio, has been in business for 20 years, selling its big timber homes and other structures throughout the South and Mountain West. Reynolds noted that Texas Timber Frames is one of the few companies that still produces traditional mortise and tenon timbers. The method involves taking a solid rectangular piece and cutting a corresponding cavity to receive it in the adjoining piece. Texas Timber Frames’ products can be customized to provide spectacular entries, striking great rooms, or decorative timbers to enhance the look and feel of multiple spaces, from homes to commercial buildings. Sand Creek sells its pre-cut post and beam kits throughout the United States and several other countries. The kits allow customers to build structures that look like barns of old but with the interior comforts of today. The company was founded by Len Dickinson and his wife, Jule Goeller. Dickinson’s lifelong fascination with the big wood and post framing of old barns dotting the countryside provided the inspiration for Sand Creek, which was named for the creek that runs through parts of northeast Nebraska.

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A Sand Creek Post & Beam barn is shown near Dakota Dunes, S.D.

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Sand Creek Post & Beam of Wayne, Neb. recently purchased Texas Timber Frames. One of the San Antonio, Texas-based company’s big timber homes is shown above.

Sand Creek Post & Beam HEADQUARTERS: Wayne, Neb. TYPE OF BUSINESS: Maker of kits for oldfashioned barns and other structures FOUNDED: 2004 by Len Dickinson and Jule Goeller CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER: Bud Reynolds ON THE WEB: www.sandcreekpostandbeam. com

A $1 million expansion project in 2009 tripled the size of Sand Creek’s assembly plant on the east end of Wayne, pop. 5,289. Sand Creek’s corporate staff are housed in a newly-renovated office building in downtown Wayne that also opened two years ago. The company purchased the structure, a former bank and drugstore that dates to the turn of the century, to replace its former cramped offices. To help manage the company’s rapid growth, Dickinson and Goeller in 2009 handpicked Reynolds, a former executive at North Sioux City computer maker Gateway. The couple recently promoted Reynolds to chief operating officer. More recently, Reynolds has been traveling back and forth from Siouxland to San Antonio to oversee the new Texas Timber Frames operations.

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MAYOR’S YOUTH COMMISSION Members of the Mayor’s Youth Commission, above, met with Sioux City area legislators and Debi Durham, fourth from left in the front row, director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development, in Des Moines on Feb. 24.


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1432 Hamilton Boulevard

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This 1,600 sf space sees over 20,000 VPD. Join tenants such as Dollar Tree, Braunger’s Steak Co., Sushi Bamboo and many others.

3441 Jones Street

1414 Broadway, Dak. City

5408 Military Road

Former daycare zoned RG20 in densely populated Northside neighborhood. 7,590 sf on main & 2,070 sf in walkout basement. Large parking lot & fenced area. Priced below assessed.

Nice brick office building in heart of Dakota City. 1,023 sf well-maintained office with good parking, all at a very affordable price of $49,950.

Warehouse--could be developed into office/ warehouse/auto storage. Rear 4,000 sf warehouse is for lease @ $800/mo. Good traffic location.



2000 Military Road

2243 Andrew Ave, Sgt. Bluff

Very nice brick general purpose building on 7 acres. Use as church or convert. 3,000 sf open space on 1st floor + mtg. rooms. Lower level is open space w/ large kitchen & mtg. rooms.

Contractor’s, truckers’ office & shop (4,080 sf) on 9.7 acres of level land just 1/2 mile north of water treatment plant in the new South Bridge Development south of Sioux City airport. For lease or sale.



Restaurant for Sale Bar & grill operating business for sale including building and all bar & kitchen fixtures. Within 25 miles of Sioux City. Long term present owners. Ideal for an owner/operator with noon meals.

Siouxland Business Journal March 2011  
Siouxland Business Journal March 2011  

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