Mills County Economic Development Foundation Announces

16 Sep 2019


Glenwood, Iowa, September 17, 2019 – The Mills County Economic Development Foundation (MCEDF) and Mills County Board of Supervisors announce the ground breaking for a new agricultural logistics industrial project.   The project is locating on a 43-acre rail accessible site in Mills County.  Mills County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Rick Allely said “WSI of Appleton, WI will break ground on the first phase of a multi-phased logistics center project at the southeast corner of the I-29/Bunge Avenue interchange.   MCEDF and the Mills County Board of Supervisors have worked closely with company representatives for nearly two years to secure the project.  WSI has been very good to work with throughout the process.  We thank WSI for their investment and welcome them to Mills County and Southwest Iowa.  This is rewarding partnership for all involved.”

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Mills County recognized the importance of industrial growth and stayed the course despite recent flood impacts.  Supervisor Lonnie Mayberry stated “We want new investment throughout all of Mills County and appreciate Bob Schroeder and Duane Fox working with our economic development staff, county engineer, and other departments to make this project a reality.  From the first meeting where Rick introduced us to Bob and Duane, we knew they were a first-class operation looking to be a great corporate citizen.”  Mills County Supervisor Chair Carol Vinton added “These deals take a lot of work and time to put together.  On behalf of the County we greatly appreciate all the hard work, open communication, and investment by WSI at a time when Mills County and Southwest Iowa need good news.”

First phase will consist of a 137,500 square foot distribution building serving the agricultural industry throughout the Midwest.  Additional contemplated phases include bulk tank storage and additional base storage facilities.  The site was selected because of its unique location in the heart of American agriculture.  The location combined with the interstate and potential rail access makes this location ideally suited to serve the logistics needs of the agricultural industry in a six-state region.  The initial phase is expected to be available for occupancy Summer of 2020.

The operator of the facility will be WSI of Appleton, Wisconsin.  WSI is a 15M square foot logistics provider in 14 states with 1,000 employees nationwide.  WSI handles over 1,000 trucks a day and approximately 25,000 rail cars a year. WSI has been in business since 1966 and has served the agricultural/food industry since 1971.

MCEDF President Devin Embray expressed the Mills County Economic Development Foundation and our partners have been working diligently over the past three years to elevate Mills County’s attractiveness to new industrial and residential investment.  A strategic plan based on utility access, constructability, workforce, development friendly ordinances, and partnerships places Mills County into a competitive advantage.  Our location within the Metropolitan Region for workforce talent, access to interstates 29 and 80, class 1 rail access to Burlington Northern Santé Fe mainlines, Iowa’s pro-business climate, competitive utilities, and quality site availability has catered to our success.

Mills County Supervisor Richard Crouch stated, “We Supervisors feel it is important to invest in the County’s future by encouraging new industrial development enhancing our tax base while providing employment opportunities for our citizens and people living throughout Southwest Iowa and the region.  Rick and our partners have worked well with the Board to put Mills County Iowa in a great position to win more deals.  It’s pretty simple, we want new business in Mills County and are ready to work with developers, investors, and companies desiring a location surrounded by new housing, great schools, and good people.”

Bob Schroeder, a spokesman for WSI, said “The cooperation of Mills County was the key difference maker in deciding the ultimate location of this development”.

The initial occupant of the first phase will be Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC, a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources.  Roger Herzog, head of logistics for Syngenta in North America, said, “This strategically located distribution center will provide Syngenta with additional capacity and flexibility toward meeting the increasing demand for our innovative crop solutions.  


About Syngenta

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For further information on WSI, please contact Mary Thome by phone at (920) 830-5108 or by email at  For additional information on the Mills County Economic Development Foundation and available development sites go to and/or follow on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  MCEDF Executive Director Rick L. Allely, CEcD MCRP 712-302-7010 or


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