EDC to host 5th Annual Industry Tour
—by Todd Thorson
The Story City Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce this year’s After Hours Industry Tour, which will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7. This will be the fifth year that the EDC has sponsored the tour, and each time previously the response and feedback has been favorable and positive. The tour will start and end at the Story City Community Center, where hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served after the tour.
Beginning at 5:15 p.m., EDC and community members will travel to Story City Locker and Lumber Specialties, two of Story City’s local industries. Tour participants will then return to the community center at approximately 7:30 p.m. Seats are limited, so call the GCC office at 733-4214 to reserve your spot.
Story City Locker, located at 236 West Broad Street in Story City, is a meat processing facility that employs at present seven people and practices the ethical take-down of animals and offer sustainable butchery processes. Processing includes beef, pork, lamb, goat and poultry and is sourced from local farms committed to producing natural, humanely-raised, high-quality and distinctive meat.
Story City Locker is owned by Ty and Bobbie Gustafson, who are committed to providing quality service and product to Story City and the central Iowa area. They believe that sustainable farming practices and local food-supply systems improve the quality of life in a broader way. Though the business may fall short of operating completely as a sustainable entity, it will strive to practice and continuously expand sustainable methods within the operation, as the business permits.
Ty grew up in northwest Iowa, helping his father farm and raise pigs. As an adult, Ty worked his way into corporate leadership, which he ultimately became discontent with. A hunter with a heart for the rural life, Ty is happy to transition to the locker concept, deep in knowledge and understanding of running a successful enterprise using the 20 years of business leadership he has experienced.
Ty and Bobbie were mentored by Dale and Shirley Haupert, owner/operators of the Atlantic Locker in Atlantic, Iowa. Dale and his sons are long time friends and hunting companions of Ty’s. For more information visit www.storycitylocker.com, or email Ty and Bobbie at email@example.com or call 515/733-6328.
Lumber Specialties, located at 717 Holm Avenue in Story City, was established in 1998 and is an engineered wood and building component supplier, ranging from Boise I-Joist, LVL and Glulam, to roof and floor trusses as well as wall panels. They only use Machine Stress Rated (MSR) or Machine Evaluated Lumber (MEL) for their chords, and a higher grade of web material for roof and floor trusses. Products are designed per the latest codes and standards for the area they are being shipped to. They also design all roof trusses for wind loads and unbalanced snow loads as required by code. Employment totals range from 20 to 49 throughout the year and annual revenue is between $50 to $100 million.
Lumber Specialties has a state-of-the-art delivery fleet that delivers products on time, with courteous and friendly drivers and roll-off trailers. They also employ a sales staff, both inside and outside, that are knowledgeable in their field of trusses, I-Joist and framing practices. Production areas run in three shifts, non-stop, to ensure products are available when needed. The home office is located in Dyersville, Iowa, with their satellite location located here in Story City. For more information visit their website at www.lbrspec.com or call 1-866-241-5766 or 515/733-4311.
The EDC board members include President Tony Hogan, Rich Olive, Norsemen Realty; John Koppes, Indoshell Precision; Kari Matheason, Bethany Life; Lisa McIlrath, PDG Printing; Dale Henricks, Retired Roland-Story Superintendent; Dave Morris, Retired Banker; Kurt Erickson, Erickson Machine; Tom Wynia, Brekken, Wynia & Hyland; John Gookin, Gookin Ford; Chad Gray, American Packaging; Mike Hermanson, Woodland Farms; and Jody Larson, Iowa State University.