IFP plans building expansion in Cedar Rapids

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Iowa Fluid Power Plans Building Expansion in Cedar Rapids

Iowa Fluid Power Plans Building Expansion in Cedar Rapids.

Iowa Fluid Power (IFP), its sister company Electro-Hydraulic Automation (EHA) and their real estate arm Blairs Buildings, LLC., have announced plans for a major building expansion in Cedar Rapids.

IFP is a distributor of fluid power products such as, hydraulic and pneumatic valves, cylinders and pumps.The current site, located at 1610 Blairs Ferry Road NE, will expand by 45,000 square feet for manufacturing and distribution of IFP's and EHA's products and 10,000 square feet of the existing building will be converted to office space. The expansion will allow IFP and EHA to do additional research and development of large-scale projects at the facility and will double manufacturing and warehouse capacity.  Iowa Fluid Power (IFP), its sister company Electro-Hydraulic Automation (EHA) and their real estate arm Blairs Buildings, LLC., have announced plans for a this expansion in Cedar Rapids.

‍The project, which is contingent on regulatory approval and financial assistance, will create 12 new jobs in engineering, sales engineers and other technically skilled positions. Founded by Don Kaas with a Small Business Administration loan and three employees in 1972, the company now occupies a 63,000 square foot facility in Cedar Rapids. Combined with three other sales offices and warehouses in the Minneapolis, Kansas City and Houston metro areas, it now has total employment of 143.

"Iowa Fluid Power is choosing to expand its Cedar Rapids headquarters to serve our expanding customer base as well as the quality and availability of Cedar Rapids labor of which we currently employ over 100 locally," IFP President Jim Kaas said in a news release.

Construction will begin in the spring of 2020, adding to IFP's existing building and utilizing land that was formerly the St. Andrew's Golf Course driving range.

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