Marion's ELPLAST takes top Iowa Venture honors

Story originally published in the Corridor Business Journal.

Marion-based ELPLAST America Inc. has won 2017's "Outstanding Business of the Year" Iowa Venture Award for its contributions to Iowa's economy through entrepreneurial leadership, innovation and the creation of job opportunities.

The award, presented by the Iowa Area Development Group on behalf of rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and independent telecommunication companies, honored seven Iowa companies in all.

ELPLAST, an international manufacturer of press-to-close zippers headquartered in Poland, brought its 30,000-square-foot North and South American headquarters to the Marion Enterprise Center in 2016 thanks to the joint efforts of local, state and national partners, IADG officials said in a press release. Notably, they said, Central Iowa Power Cooperative secured the last ever $2 million loan through the USDA Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant program to support the project.

ELPLAST has 30 employees and produces products sold to over 60 countries on six continents. It was nominated for the Iowa Venture Award by Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative.

"The Iowa Venture Award is highly regarded as a business achievement and recognition awards program with a 30-year history," said IADG President Rand Fisher in a release. "IADG and our sponsors are proud to honor these seven business leaders and entrepreneurs for their commitment to Iowa through innovation, investment and job creation."

Other Iowa Venture Award winners honored included Al's Corner Oil Co./Sparky's One Stop, G-Force Customs, MPC Enterprises Inc., NEW Cooperative, Siouxland Machine Inc. & Siouxland Fabricating Inc., and the Spencer Ag Center.