Good news is coming to Newton – Global Fiberglass Solution, Inc., of Bothell, Wash., has selected the Maytag Plant 2 building for its fiberglass recycling operation, and plans to invest $6 million in the community and create 57 new jobs in the process. The company plans to create an innovative processing and manufacturing facility in Newton using recycled materials, mostly fiberglass, from decommissioned wind blades and other products. Liebl said instead of the waste ending up in landfills, the company repurposes the more than 15,000 pounds of fiberglass per blade into new, useful products including manhole covers, building panels and pellets. The move is bolstered by a recent award of direct financial assistance and tax benefits from the Iowa Economic Development Authority board. GFS is one of five companies to receive more than $48 million in new capital investments in the state.
Oskaloosa company J Myers Trucking and Pella-based Vermeer are working together to help with clean-up efforts in Florida and Texas. Jerry Myers, owner of J Myers Trucking, said his company has transported heavy equipment from the Pella-based Vermeer to locations in Florida, including Jacksonville, Fort Meyers and Boynton Beach. Myers said the equipment such as stump chippers will aid in clean-up of the hurricane-ravaged areas. Vermeer is working to provide necessary equipment in a timely manner and J Meyers Trucking is helping get the equipment to where it’s needed.