Area Development News Desk 03/02/2018
Helena Industries, a contract chemical manufacturing company located in the SE Agribusiness Park, plans to acquire 47 acres of additional land from the City to expand its chemical manufacturing and centralize warehouse operations in Des Moines, Iowa.
The project is part of an $11 million expansion that would add two 200,000 square foot warehouse buildings and additional facilities, according to the city’s Urban Design Review Board.
“Helena Industries is working closely with the City of Des Moines in order to meet their design/use requirements,” he added. “Shive-Hattery will be completing the architectural and engineering design services. Septagon Construction is the planned general contractor. Helena has already engaged the public and surrounding businesses through the Good Neighbor Task Force meeting and the rezoning public meeting.”
According to the Urban Design Review Board staff, Helena has been at its present location since the 1950’s, with a current labor force of 120 full time and 50-120 contract employees annually. Since 2008, Helena has invested approximately $30 million in ongoing improvements in equipment and additional buildings on their campus. They have requested to purchase 47 acres of City-owned property, located directly east of their current campus, to be able to keep and grow their business here. (Read the full article)