DUBUQUE, Iowa - There could soon be hundreds of new jobs coming to Dubuque. That's what city leaders predict now that Dubuque's new Industrial center is open for business and ready to expand. On Monday, the city cut a ribbon at it's new Industrial Center South. The 110 acre industrial park sits along Seipple Road between Old Highway Road and Highway 20.
Business Owner Gary Wilming has mixed feelings about being the Industrial Center South's very first tenant.
Wilming said, "It's exciting. Scary, exciting. "
But mostly Wilming says he's thrilled to move his metal manufacturing company from Peosta to Dubuque.
"There was no room available anywhere else," said Wilming. "And actually we did want to come back to Dubuque."
The move means he'll hire an additional 10 employees.
Enticed by state tax breaks, the city says several manufacturers have wanted to move or expand in Dubuque, but there hasn't been enough space.
Assistant Economic Development Director Phil Wagner said, "We had to move a lot of dirt around in this area. Fortunately we're in a place now where we can start individual development and do some vertical construction. "
The $4 million project is now complete as the city added sewer service, fiber optics and water lines. Now developers say, all they need is businesses to build.
Wagner said, "We feel this is an attractive piece of land. A very attractive property. "
In Dubuque's Industrial Center West, the city built a recreational area with a park, pond and hiking trails. Wagner says there is talk of adding some trails and parks at the Industrial Center South. But right now no official plan is in place.