It's a moment filled with mixed emotions for Zero Energy Systems owner Scott Long.
"It's a little nerve-racking. We've got a lot going on between the building's construction and sales calls, and trying to get our name out there," Long said.
Long was on hand Tuesday to break ground on a first-of-its-kind manufacturing plant in the U.S. located on the west side of Coralville.
The plant will manufacture insulated concrete building systems, technology to be shipped out across the country.
"This plant is really designed to make this product more affordable and more accessible," Long said.
Long says Iowa, specifically Coralville, is a perfect fit to build the facility.
"After the recession it made a lot of sense to pull back to this market not only because it centralizes our shipping, but because Iowa's economy stayed strong," he said.
Long's company is the latest in a long line of businesses to choose the Iowa City area.
The $7.5 million facility is expected to be completed by the end of the month. It's expected to create 25 jobs locally.
Last month Sedgwick announced it will build a call center, adding some 200 jobs.
Others locals like Medirevv and Civco have recently expanded here.
"The core of this area in the state has been education. Companies that want an educated workforce, this is an area where they can grow," said Mark Nolte, interim president of the Iowa City Area Development Group.
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