Made in Eastern Iowa: ACP Inc. and Breads from Anna

By Ashley Hinson, Anchor/Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Quick cooking is ACP Incorporated's specialty. They're in the business of making microwave and oven combos that are in thousands of restaurant kitchens across the country.

"We use stainless steel, cold rolled steel and galvanized steel, " says Troy Burris, an ACP Incorporated Plant Manager. They start by building a basic box, and then add all microwave parts. "They take those pieces, they used the fixtures that have been designed for those cavities, then spot weld those together," he said.

Workers then test each and every unit coming off the line to make sure it's safe. He said they want to make sure microwave energy isn't leaking out of their units. Burris says they do the tests "just to assure that the process we have in place are holding to those quality standards."

Longevity is their goal. They run microwaves in their test room. And they run and run and run.

"They go until they die," said Burris. "The reason we do that is so the components we buy are able to stand up to the rigors of the field."

From McDonald's, to Red Lobster, these ACP made microwaves are heating things up Globally, and they're Made in Eastern Iowa.

And mixing things up in the Gluten Free world is Breads from Anna.
The Johnson County business was born after it's Namesake, Anna Sobaski, realized she had Celiac disease. She said she couldn't get good tasting gluten-free bread anywhere.

"I got to baking because the one thing people seemed to miss the most, and the thing I missed the most, was bread," Sobaski said.

From sandwich bread, to specialty breads like pumpkin and banana, even pancake mix and pie crust, Anna has crafted her recipes to bake up in your kitchen with natural ingredients.

"We only sweeten with minimum amounts of honey and maple," said Sobaski.

These breads cater specifically to those with food sensitivies or specific dietary restrictions. In fact, as Sobaski told TV-9, "The autism community became a big part of our customer base."

Sobaski is working on getting into some bigger distributors, but already ships to Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and Australia. She says people around the world trust her company because of the way they do business.

"We wanted healthy, we wanted delicious, and we wanted nutritious. And we weren't willing to compromise on any of those things," said Sobaski.

Tasty Breads fresh from your oven, and microwave ovens to help restaurants get food to your table... "Made in Eastern Iowa."

If you have a business that's making things and employing people right here in Eastern Iowa, we want to know about it. Submit your information to ABC news (below) or TV9's Ashley Hinson. Email Ashley.Hinson@kcrg.com.

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