The jobs bus is making its way to Newton – a company that makes wind blades in central Iowa will begin manufacturing bus bodies as well, adding hundreds of jobs. T-P-I Composites started producing wind blades in Newton nearly 10 years ago. Nowthey’ll be making composite bus bodies for California-based Proterra Incorporated. The supply agreement requires TPI to provide Proterra with up to 3,350 bus bodies over a five-year period. The Newton bus manufacturing operation is expected to be up and running in the first half of next year with 75-to-100 employees, with three year numbers reaching 350 employees.
A veterans memorial is coming to New Sharon – Mayor Dustin Hite recently announced an agreement with he McQuniston Trust to provide $25,000 in funding for the project. The 9-foot granite stone, flagpoles and benches will be placed in a garden space at the corner across from the fire station – the memorial should be done in the next year.
Staff cuts may be coming to the Pella School District – budget projections show the district going into the red next year. Superintendent Greg Ebeling says if state aid remains low as many as a dozen positions may need to be eliminated. The board will address the 2019 fiscal year budget in December.