Intermec Breaks Ground on New Downtown Facility

(Rendering provided by Cedar Rapids Community Development Department)

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By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Intermec Technologies Corp. broke ground Tuesday morning for a new $12.5 million facility in downtown Cedar Rapids.

The two-story building at 601 Third St. will be used for design and testing of the company’s handheld mobile computers.

Construction of the new facility will help keep Intermec, with about 250 jobs, in downtown Cedar Rapids after its previous facility was impacted by the 2008 Cedar River flood.

Everett, Wash.-based Intermec provides handheld computers and radio frequency inventory tracking systems.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority approved a $500,000 tax credit in October 2011 to Intermec for the project on the site of a concrete plant that relocated to southwest Cedar Rapids in May 1995.

It will replace an existing location at 550 Second St. SE.

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