A Clarion company announced plans for the expansion of its facilities during Monday's meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors.Officials with Hagie Manufacturing announced a $22 million expansion with the addition of 24 thousand square feet for additional manufacturing. The work will be focused on the former EDS building to be used as office and operations space. With the expansion project, it will mean an estimated 150 jobs to be created within the next three years. The state of Iowa would commit two million dollars in economic development with the city of Clarion committing $235,000. The Wright County Supervisors approved a $100,000 five year loan at zero percent interest. The news will be a welcome economic boost to Clarion and for all of Wright County.
The Wright County Supervisors met with Wright County Transit director Colleen Bartlett on a grant request from the MIDAS Council of Governments to be submitted to the Iowa Department of Transportation for a new transit office and storage facility in Clarion. The facility will be 36 hundred square feet with an office,restroom and an area large enough to store six regional transit vehicles. The proposed facility would be located in the southeast side of Clarion. Total cost of the project is estimated at $433,900. The Iowa Department of Transportation grant is worth $347,120 while the local match is estimated at $86,780. It will be late June when a decision on whether or not the grant will be accepted.
The supervisors also went on to approve a joint drainage district assessment with both Hamilton and Hardin Counties. A pilot program for managers with Humboldt and Wright Counties using electronic documentation to better coordinate with the providers and clients was approved by the supervisors. The board also approved a request from county engineer Adam Clemons to hire a student to work on secondary roads bridge crew this summer.