Currently there are more than 200 companies in Iowa that have been manufacturing goods for 100 years. 100 YEARS!
Jolly Time Pop Corn: Making popcorn since 1914
“As far as we know, we are the oldest brand of popcorn in the country,” said Smith, president of Jolly Time Pop Corn. The company has 180 employees and sells 100 million bags of popcorn annually to stores like Wal-Mart and Target.
Atlantic Bottling Company: Bottling soda since 1905
“We’ve stayed put for this long because of the hardworking and educated people here,”said Kirk Tyler, president of Atlantic Bottling. “We’ve invested in the communities where our employees live, work and raise their families. It helps that wages are also competitive.”
Emerson/Fisher: Making control valves since 1881
“People don’t know that Iowa State University has the eighth largest undergraduate engineering college in the country,” said Cox, adding that about half of the graduates are hired by local companies like Fisher.
The company employs 250 people, many of whom have spent their entire career there.
“They joined us out of high school or college and stayed,”said Mary Landhuis, whose family founded the company. “The advantage to us is that we’ve built a very knowledgeable and loyal workforce that drives our innovation and creativity.”