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.


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.


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.


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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