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Iowa Developments, May 2008, Volume 17, Number 3

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  • Agriculture And Food Production
  • Economic Development
  • Business And Industry


IowaDevelopments Groundbreaking for Aviva USA headquarters Aviva USA, part of British insurer Aviva plc, has broken ground for the company’s new U.S. operations headquarters in West Des Moines. Governor Chet Culver took part in the ceremonies on the site where a 360,000 square foot building will be erected. “Building our new U.S. operations headquarters in West Des Moines dem- onstrates Aviva’s commitment to building bright futures in Greater Des Moines and the state of Iowa,” said Aviva USA Chief Executive Tom Godlasky. “Bringing Aviva USA employees together at one location will improve the efficiency and effective- ness of our operations to benefit customers, employees and the community.” “This is great news for Iowa,” said Governor Chet Culver. “Aviva’s new operations head- quarters will create hundreds of new high- quality, high-salary jobs in our state. Iowa is now home to many insurance and financial giants and is widely known as a major cen- ter for the insurance and financial services industries.” “The City of West Des Moines is a great place to do business,” said West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer. “We are pleased to see Aviva USA begin construction today on their U.S. opera- tions headquarters and look forward to creat- ing new opportunities together, encouraging more of the best and brightest to live and work in West Des Moines.” Continued on page 4 From the Iowa Department of Economic Development • May 2008 • Volume 17 • Number 3 Towering Project in Newton brings 140 jobs Trinity Structural Towers, Inc., (TSTI) has announced plans to build a world-class wind turbine production facility in Newton, creating 140 high-quality, green-collar jobs. Trinity will invest $21 million to convert an existing 300,000 square foot building for wind tower manufacturing. Production could start as early as next year. “My goal is to take full advantage of Iowa’s natural resources, along with our incredible manu- facturing base and workforce, to m

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