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July 25, 2007
New jobs are coming to Cherokee, Iowa... thanks to the addition of a new business. Harvest International will begin the production of portable grain augers as early as next week.
One of the main reasons Harvest International chose Cherokee is a forgivable loan it received through the Cherokee Industrial Corporation.
But, location also played a big role. "We also chose the area because we believe we are in the center of the corn belt," said Byron Friesen, Harvest International Operations Manager. "Our product is designed for moving grain. And we just thought it was a great place to locate."
Harvest International was also able to purchase a ready-made building, so it doesn't have to wait to build.
The city of Cherokee is also looking forward to having this new company rooted in their community. "There is a good pay rate, they're hiring quality workers, and they are producing almost an overbuild," said Mark Buschkamp, Cherokee Area Economic Development. "Their product is just high quality. So we are excited about that and we think they are going to be very successfully."
The new plant already has 12 employees and that number is expected to grow quickly over the next year.
Harvest International's augers can be sold factory direct to farmers in Cherokee County. A dealer network will be set-up for other locations.