MidAmerican touts new facility being built in Decker Development Park

 MidAmerican touts new facility being built in Decker Development Park Main Photo

20 Dec 2017


Peter Kaspari

 
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Workers put up scaffolding Tuesday afternoon at the new MidAmerican Energy site.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Workers put up scaffolding Tuesday afternoon at the new MidAmerican Energy site.

A new MidAmerican Energy facility that is under construction in Fort Dodge was celebrated Tuesday with a presentation and beam signing.

The presentation was held at the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, 24 N. Ninth St.

It marked the construction of a new 72,000-square-foot customer office and service center, which is being built in the city’s new Decker Development Park.

The space will consolidate various facilities already in Fort Dodge into a single location.

Speaking to a crowd that included city, county and state officials, Kathryn Kunert, MidAmerican’s vice president for economic connections and integration, said the project is a result of a number of partnerships between MidAmerican and the Fort Dodge area.

Kunert called the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance “a true economic development partner.”

“MidAmerican does have a very strong relationship with our communities,” she said. “We do economic development and we support economic development.”

Kunert said the new facility is an investment in Fort Dodge.

“Obviously that’s something we’re very proud of,” she said. “It shows the commitment to the community, to the region, to our customers and to our employees. We’ve been here for decades and we’re going to continue to be here for decades to bring you our reliable service.”

She added that this is the first new facility being constructed under the MidAmerican Energy name. Kunert said MidAmerican Energy was founded in 1995.

Nearly 60,000 customers are served out of Fort Dodge, which includes direct support for Webster, Hamilton, Pocahontas and Humboldt counties, as well as indirect support for Palo Alto, Kossuth and Wright counties, according to Kunert.

Jim Dougherty, vice president of electronic delivery, called it “a very exciting day, very exciting time for MidAmerican Energy.”

He said the new facility will benefit both customers and employees. Right now there are 66 employees working between the current customer service office and service center, and they’re responsible for a variety of jobs.

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