Sibley, Iowa — Capital Armament Company broke ground Monday morning at the site of their future manufacturing facility, at the building site located at the junction of Highways 9 and 60, northeast of Sibley.
We had a chance to talk to Capital Armament CEO Clint Gerner and asked him his impressions of the groundbreaking ceremony.
He gives us an idea of what they’ll be doing in the new facility.
He gives us some particulars about the building, which will sit on a 23-and-a-half acre lot.
He says you can buy their products from several stores. They are working out a deal now with Scheels, and he says it’s undergoing remodeling right now, but their website also has factory-direct ordering.
We asked him how they decided to come to Sibley. He said they needed to expand, but due to some Minnesota regulations they decided to move out of the state. He says the Sibley area leaders really get the credit for the company’s decision to move to Sibley.
Gerner says the “Home Base Iowa” initiative for veterans was also a perk, as they try to keep veterans as at least 50 percent of their workforce, and there are some nice incentives for them through “Home Base Iowa.
He says over the next three years they hope to hire for 36 new positions, with between 4 and 16 of them being hired this year depending on the market.
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