The announcement that Siemens Energy has been hired to build nearly 450 wind turbines featured more than just celebrations and congratulations. It had a distinct political feel as well.
Several hundred people attended a ceremony in Lee County to celebrate what is being called the "World's Largest On-Shore Wind Turbine Order."
A southeast Iowa business is bringing back some of its workforce.
Congress is not expected to extend the wind energy Production Tax Credit, which means it will expire at the end of the calendar year.
That led a group of lawmakers to go to the House floor, Wednesday, to call on Speaker John Boehner to bring the legislation up for a vote during the lame-duck session of Congress.
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from September 2012.
Reporter Jason Parrott told us about plans to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in Lee County. He also reported on pending lay-offs at one of the county’s largest employers.
During the month, Colchester received some good news from the USDA, Lee County made plans to add beds to its jail, and a historic structure in Macomb received a national designation.
One of Lee County’s largest employers will drastically reduce its workforce before the end of the year.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says a trip through Lee County shows his economic development policies are working.
The Governor and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds spent several hours talking to executives at employees at Pinnacle Foods and at Siemens on Friday.
They also toured both facilities and even participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a nearly 18,000 square foot expansion at Pinnacle.
The company spent roughly $20-million to build a new production line, which led to the creation of about 65 new jobs and the retention of several hundred more.