Cedar Rapids, Iowa has rich resources and an abundance of talent that’s ideal for companies in food processing and production, as well as allied fields in the bio-agriculture sector. Our city has long been recognized as one of North America’s leading centers for food ingredient production and bio-processing, with large operations from Quaker Oats, Cargill, DuPont Industrial Biosciences, Ingredion, Archer Daniels Midland, and Diamond V Mills, among others.
A key reason for our preeminence in the industry is the astounding supply of agricultural inputs in our region, including grains, other crops, and livestock. In recent years, we’ve earned a reputation for innovative biotechnology. Local residents have a long tradition of feeding America and the world, with all the skills companies in this sector need. Their knowledge is backed through a variety of educational programs and research from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and other post-secondary providers in life sciences, food sciences, nutrition, bio-systems, and mechanical and chemical engineering.
In addition to an impressive infrastructure for companies in the sector, our location and transportation network puts us within a one-day truck trip of 72 million North American consumers. We have quick access to interstates and highways, an extensive network of short line, regional, and Class I rail service, and are a short distance from river and deepwater shipping.
Utility costs are remarkably lower, and our wastewater systems do not require treatment, reducing capital costs and operating expenses. Existing waste streams present a tremendous opportunity for innovators who have developed systems for reuse or recycling. Our city welcomes and encourages companies that will transform tomorrow’s world.