Groundbreaking held for $6M project

April 24, 2013 11:50 am  •  Dave Vickers newsroom@qctimes.com

CLINTON — A formal groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday morning for a $6 million business expansion in Clinton.

The Wisconsin-based Data Dimension Co. plans to build a facility at the Lyons Tech Park on the Mill Creek Expressway. It will nearly double the company’s space on Manufacturing Drive and double its local workforce by adding 130 jobs.

Clinton Mayor Pro-Tem Paul Gassman called it another success story of existing businesses that are willing to invest in the area. “We’re overwhelmed Data Dimensions is willing to build here and bring jobs here,” he said.

Tom Determan of the Tech Park Board noted the site has been in existence for 10 years and was built after the extension of the expressway. Ashford University and Winkel, Parker, Foster Accounting firm also have operations in the Tech Park.

Mark Bush of Data Dimensions said the company has been in Clinton for 25 years this month. The company started by acquiring an existing business with about 14 employees. It will grow to 260 to 275 employees in three to five years.

He said the firm now is one of the largest privately held business process automation companies in the U.S. The company helps clients manage document capture administration.

Bush praised the cooperation of the economic development groups and officials in Clinton and Iowa for getting things done and “more efficiently and with less red tape than I have every seen in my life.”

The total investment by Data Dimensions in the project is about $6 million.

The Clinton City Council and state Economic Development Agency have  approved tax incentives and other benefits for the project.