Clinton Chosen For New Plant
With help from the state of Iowa, work can begin soon to build an asphalt shingle plant in Clinton. Friday the board of the Iowa Economic Development Authority approved tax benefits and a forgivable loan for Atlas Roofing.
The company chose Clinton because it's the right place, at the right time, and has the right location. That's according to Andy Sokolovich, President and CEO of the economic development group Grow Clinton.
"We have the logistics they needed, and that's access to a high quality rail system, and a four lane highway. Along Highway 30 it connects to Interstate 88 and 80. And it just made sense for them to be in Clinton and they're closer to their customer base."
Founded in 1982, Atlas Roofing now operates 33 plants in North America, and he says it was looking for a site in the midwest.
"Following the derecho in Clinton and some of the harsh weather we've had, there's definitely a need for roof repairs. So they have customers like Menards and some of the bigger box building materials stores that they sell to."
Construction on the 200 million dollar, 440,000 square foot plant, will take two years and when it opens create more than 100 jobs.