Hiawatha business expanding production of tough computers and self-driving cars

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HIAWATHA, Iowa (KCRG) -- A business that is known for making military tough computers now has a new corporate headquarters.

Crystal Group held a ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon at its more than 111,000 square foot building in Hiawatha. The facility will house administrative and manufacturing operations. Along with making computers that can withstand tough conditions, Crystal Group is also working on making self-driving cars. Clients include the Navy and other science and aerospace companies.

This expansion means Crystal Group can add 45 jobs and the company says it is in a good area of the Corridor to find good employees.

"The technology corridor and the talent of the people we can hire is very good in this area," Mike Kruger, Crystal Group Vice President of Operations, said.

Crystal Group has plans for a 30,000 foot expansion in the next five years.