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Deere & Co. set

to build facility

URBANDALE — The Iowa Economic Development Authority board has approved tax benefits to Deere & Co. to build a $32.6 million facility to house its Intelligent Solutions Group.

The group specializes “in developing advanced software and hardware technologies used in maximizing crop yields and improving food production infrastructure,” according to an IEDA news release.

The company, currently located in a leased facility in Urbandale, is considering the purchase of land and erecting a building to house their employees.

This project is expected to create 31 jobs and retain 20 jobs incented at a qualifying wage of $29.12 per hour, IEDA officials said.

Independence

holds market

INDEPENDENCE – Independence Farmers Market organizers will hold a holiday market at Living Water Church, 113 Second Ave. NE, on Dec. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. during Jingle On Main.

Items that will be available include jams and jellies, baked goods, crocheted items, hand-painted wall art and other holiday goodies and crafts.

Teacher to speak

Grand Crossings

in worksafe

WATERLOO — Grand Investments, LLC of Cedar Falls is partnering with Iowa OSHA Consultation and Construction Safety Specialists Inc. by enrolling its project, Grand Crossing Phase 2, in the Worksafe program. Through this partnership, all parties work together to ensure safer construction sites. The Grand Crossing Phase 2 project located in downtown Waterloo is scheduled to be completed in February.

Worksafe is the nation’s first safety program involving a public-private partnership.

The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Master Builders of Iowa launched Worksafe in September 2012 as a construction job site safety program that consists of pre-construction planning, job site surveys focused on preventing hazardous conditions from occurring and job site recognition.

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