MARION - If you've ever had granola, pasta, used mulch, or even detergent, chances are it's been through a product Made in Eastern Iowa.
"Granola bar mixes, where there's nuts there's M&Ms and things like that that you don't want to break, the paddle works great for that," said Jeremy Johnson, CFO/COO at Marion Mixers. The company makes batch mixers, custom, for other manufacturers to use in making their products. Food, dairy, plastic, mineral, ag, energy, and many other industries depend on their products, to make theirs.
"Anything that you'd go to the grocery store that you'd buy in bag or a box," said Johnson.
Engineers design the mixer based on what the customer wants it to mix. Their "bread and butter" is their paddle mixer, but many in the food manufacturing world, and other industries tend to use ribbon mixers. Johnson said one worker takes on each product.
"They weld polish grind and then do any of the assembly required for that piece of equipment," Johnson said. "It gets stickered "Made in the USA," and they sign it," he said.
It takes anywhere from 80 hours to 800 hours to make a mixer. Sizes vary, and the investment in the equipment can be several hundred-thousand dollars. The investment lasts a long time, as the mixers are designed to run for decades.
Marion Mixers has workers with decades of experience, but has recently been hiring. "We're growing so we've added a lot of new people here recently," said Johnson.
Helping other industries Mix it up... from Marion, and Made in Eastern Iowa.