Leading Employers

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.


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.