Leading Employers

New Way, Scranton, IA

A family-owned company, New Way is a highly motivated team of experienced and talented individuals who have been committed to innovation, quality and customer satisfaction for over 43 years. New Way refuse trucks represent the best values in the industry with superior service and support over the life of the product. Combining economy with safety, performance and durability, New Way is proud to manufacture the finest equipment for customers around the world.


Power Lift, Jefferson, IA

Power Lift began in 1999 with a plan to manufacture Olympic lifting platforms for athletic and sports performance facilities.  Since then they have been on an uphill growth against competitors and have added a high quality weight equipment line.  Power Lift pride themselves with being the innovator in this exclusive market.  One of the key components to this success is their precise engineering process, as well as the high quality of our manufacturing.  Power Lift clientele includes:  high schools, colleges, universities, professional sports teams and athletic performance facilities.  Their equipment is popular for its unique design and appearance, professional and student athletic recruiting appeal and its safe, multifunctional training capabilities. Currently, Power Lift employs 56 employees.


AAI, Jefferson, IA

Founded in 1954, this iconic brand has enjoyed a rich history due to innovative ideas and a commitment to excellence. Russell Brands, LLC, owner of the AAI® trademark ("American Athletic, Inc."), manufactures world-class athletic equipment, pursuing perfection in quality and customer service to achieve timeless dedication and trusted performance. In 2004, Russell Brands, LLC acquired American Athletic, Inc. ("AAI"), located in Jefferson, Iowa, and consolidated its Spalding® equipment, namely basketball systems, volleyball systems and gymnasium equipment, under one roof, alongside AAI®'s gymnastic and cheer equipment products. In this way, the Spalding® brand of equipment was paired with AAI's 60 years of equipment manufacturing expertise.


Owner Revolution, Adair, IA

Owner Revolution Inc. (ORI) is an Iowa based holding company for four wholly-owned subsidiaries. Schafer Systems is a recognized leader in the production of lottery ticket dispensers and promotional displays worldwide. A second business is Connect-A-Dock which sells floating modular dock and personal watercraft float systems in the worldwide marine industry. A third subsidiary is The Plastic Professionals which produces a wide variety of rotationally molded plastic products serving the needs of many industries and customers. A fourth subsidiary is Schafer Solutions providing eye-catching, complete, turn-key point of purchase plastic displays, dispensers and products and solutions designed around our customers’ special needs. ORI has facilities in both Adair and Atlantic, Iowa with combined manufacturing and office space of over 300,000 square feet. ORI was founded in 1986 and became an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) company in 1999.


Agri Drain, Adair, IA

Agri Drain was founded in 1976 by Charlie Schafer and two of his brothers. The company was founded to install drainage tubing for Iowa farmers. Shortly after, the brothers began manufacturing products for their own projects and also sold products to other contractors. In 1984, construction activities were discontinued in an effort to focus full-time on product development, manufacturing and distribution. The company is unique in that they are America’s most complete manufacturer and supplier of products for drainage water management, wetlands, ponds, lakes, erosion control and land improvement. Today, Agri Drain is a 50-person company, with customers in both the U.S. and Canada.


Puck Custom Enterprises, Manning, IA

Ben Puck formed Puck Custom Enterprises in 1979. The company began by offering services to small hog facilities in the area with manure application. In 2009, the company expanded and built manufacturing facility to build drag hose manure equipment. Today, Puck Custom Enterprises has grown and now has customers throughout the Midwest and North America. The company builds hose reels to handle layflat hoses, pumps and injection bars that are used to apply the manure to a field. The company also manufactures variation of mixing and agitation equipment. The company is unique in that they are a family-owned and operated business that builds custom equipment for manure applications. The company employs 26 full-time employees.


AMVC, Audubon, IA

AMVC Management Services (AMVC) was formed in 1980 when Audubon Veterinary Clinic purchased Manning Veterinary. Then in 1982, AMVC moved to Audubon, Iowa, and has been based there ever since.

The Audubon County-based company supports the livestock industry by offering a wide range of services including management services, veterinary services, nutritional consultation and employee management services. They are unique in that their employee base is comprised of set of professionals with a diverse skill set that allow their business to provide the complete management of livestock production. Today the company has 450 employees and clients from Iowa to Japan.


Cardinal IG, Greenfield, IA

Cardinal Glass Industries is a management-owned S-Corporation leading the industry in the development of residential glass for windows and doors. The corporation has grown to more than 6,000 employees located at 37 manufacturing locations around the United States. At Cardinal, they try to maintain a clear vision: design and fabricate the most advanced residential glass products in the industry. Starting with a heavy investment in research and development. R&D centers in Minnesota and Wisconsin provide the basis for new advances in glazing fenestration. From there, those fresh ideas are turned into useful products that regular homeowners can use. Cardinal then provides a turnkey solution to window manufacturers: whether it starts with insulating glass, coated, laminated, tempered or just plain float glass, it is all designed to provide the latest in applied glass science.


Quality Machine of Iowa, Audubon, IA

Quality Machine of Iowa, Inc. is committed to becoming a world leader in precision production machining of metal parts. With a goal to achieving this standard, they are continually improving processes. They are dedicated to improving the profitability and capital effectiveness of precision production machining.  By utilizing employee’s technical knowledge and manufacturing capabilities, they provide high, “value added products”, that will enhance customers profitability and satisfaction.


B & D Mfg., Scranton, IA

B & D Mfg., Inc. supplies distributors with geothermal products manufactured in-house. The company's goal is to deliver the best product and service, along with providing customers with courteous, expedient, professional service of the highest caliber. B & D's mission is to bring geothermal innovation to the forefront of green energy by utilizing non-pressurized products, while meeting all geothermal product needs. As one of the leaders in geothermal, B & D plans to grow with the industry and continue to push the industry with creative ideas, quality products, and great distributor service. 


John Deere, Paton, IA

Deere & Company purchased Bauer Built Manufacturing Inc. in September 2013. Previously, since 2002, Bauer had made John Deere and Bauer co-branded planters under a design and manufacturing partnership with Deere.  The Paton facility will continue to manufacture 44- to 120- foot ultra wide DB Series planters. By acquiring the facility, the company will expand its portfolio of agriculture equipment, accelerate the growth of the planter business globally, and enhance the opportunity to serve larger farms in key markets around the world. Today the company has 150 employees. 

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