WEST BEND - Country Maid, Inc., makers of the famous Butter Braid pastries hosted Governor Branstad at their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in West Bend on Wednesday afternoon. This visit was made possible with help from the Kossuth/Palo Alto Economic Development Corporation.
The Governor spent the afternoon meeting employees and learning more about the company and the products made. During the plant tour, the Governor even tried his hand at braiding pastry dough on the production line, which he says is harder than it looks. Following the tour, Branstad spoke with employees about programs and incentives his office has developed to attract sustainable businesses to Iowa and also help small businesses such as Country Maid grow.
Every year the Governor and Lieutenant Governor visit all 99 Iowa counties and are always impressed with the passion of employees and management. "Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and I look forward to visiting every county, every year and learning more about the businesses that make rural Iowa vibrant," said Branstad, "Country Maid, with their commitment to community, helping those less fortunate and military appreciate efforts, is a business Iowans can be proud of."
HANDS ON -- During a visit to Country Maid, Inc. in West Bend, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (center) tries his hand at braiding pastry dough. This was one of several industries the governor visited in Northwest Iowa recently.
Country Maid, Inc., a 100% employee-owned company, manufactures the famous Butter Braid brand pastry available only through fundraisers for the purpose of helping non-profit groups raise funds for various causes. Country Maid, together with its national network of dealerships has helped thousands of fundraising groups across the nation raise over $150 million dollars for hundreds of thousands of worthy causes. Employing approximately 60 workers from 20 Northwest Iowa communities, Country Maid continues to grow and live out the mission of "Helping Others Help Themselves."