Deere & Co proposes $32.6 million facility expansion in Urbandale

547297_10151012197656075_1251410735_n[1]The following is an expert from a Des Moines Register article originally posted on November 17, 2017

Deere & Co. is looking to build a $32.6 million facility in Urbandale to house its intelligent solutions group. Currently, Deere’s intelligent solutions group employs 343 workers in leased space in Urbandale, including software developers, systems engineers and product testers. The new facility would add 31 new jobs and retain 20 with the project.

The project, awarded  $2.9 million in state tax credits Friday, adds to central Iowa’s reputation as a destination for “high-profile IT companies,” said Curtis Brown, Urbandale’s economic development director.

“It buoys the area for IT specialists to grow their careers,” he said.

The project, located on about six acres, will help anchor Urbandale’s business development area called the Urban Loop, Brown and other city leaders said.

Deere & Co. joins other high tech giants — Apple, Facebook, Microsoft — looking to invest in central Iowa, say state and local economic development leaders.

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