GRAETTINGER - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad got a first-hand look at one of the success stories in Palo Alto County business last Wednesday when he visited Energy Panel Structures in Graettinger.
The Governor stopped at the facility for a tour as part of a trip to northwest Iowa that included stops in Pocahontas, West Bend and the Iowa Great Lakes.
In welcoming Branstad to the EPS complex, President Bill Brown briefed the state's chief executive on the history of the company, noting Energy Panel Structures was established in 1981 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the MacArthur Company of St. Paul, MN. Energy Panel Structures was started in Albert Lea, MN, originally manufacturing insulated wall panels for the agricultural market. Since that time, EPS has diversified into the commercial/industrial markets as well as consumer homes.
GOVERNOR?VISITS - Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad visited Energy Panel Structures (EPS)?in GRaettinger on August 20 to learn more about the company and its effects on the community as well as Iowa’s business climate. Plant Manager Chad Clary shows the Governor completed wall panels in the factor.
In 1988 EPS moved to Graettinger to a new 40,000 square foot plant designed specifically for the manufacture of insulated panels. Since the move to Graettinger, EPS has expanded three times, adding 3,000 square feet for a door manufacturing facility and another 7,000 square feet to increase the finished goods storage capacity. Adding in a 30,000 square foot addition to the main manufacturing space, EPS now occupies some 110,000 square feet on an eight-acre tract and employs around 150 individuals in Graettingr.
EPS also has subsidiaries in Perryville, Missouri and in Clyde, New York.
"We are very proud of the fact that EPS is a 100 percent employee owned company that is 100 percent committed to quality," Brown told the governor.
"On behalf of the people of Iowa, we are very glad EPS is here in Graettinger," Governor Branstad said in brief remarks. "To see a company such as EPS being successful as a totally employee-owned company is a testament to the hard work and desire to succeed of Iowans."
The governor was escorted on a tour of the EPS facilities, observing how the company's signature laminated wall panels were constructed, as well as other aspects of the company's operation.