Local and state representatives were on hand to cut the ribbon for the Perry Economic Development spec building on July 19 in Perry Industrial Park.
The ribbon cutting and unveiling ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of the new 30,000 square-foot spec industrial warehouse shell.
Perry Economic Development Board President Deb Lucht said the project has been in the works for two years. Construction started in April 2018. The building is the third spec building completed in the Perry Industrial Park.
“This is truly an exciting day for Perry Economic Development and the partners that helped to make this building a reality,” said Linda Wunsch, executive director of Dallas County Economic Development Alliance.
Wunsch said the Alliance team started to market the building after the plans were drawn up. The team has responded to over 15 responses in the past seven months, along with other internal leads and even a site visit.
“The building is already in the radar screen of many companies,” Wunsch said.
Part of the marketing plan, she added, is the unique aspect of the building being located in an Iowa Certified Site. That means that it gives projects faster speed to the market because of the upfront planning of site certification.
“What I’m looking forward to is all of you back we think next year for a ribbon cutting of a new company located in this building,” Wunsch said.
Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg then took the stage inside the spec building. He wanted to congratulate the Perry Economic Development on taking the important step of building a spec building.
“You have already put yourself ahead of the game by developing a certified site,” Gregg said. “We look at it from the state-wide perspective and by taking this action at the local level, really you’re putting the entire state ahead of the game.”
City Administrator Sven Peterson said Percival Scientific and ITC Midwest are in Perry because Perry Economic Development saw a need for a spec building. That need has expanded to the third building being unveiled on July 19.
“I can’t wait until we gather here again, hopefully soon, we’re going to put a tighter timeline than a year, to welcome a new business to our community to call home,” Peterson said.