Branstad at Plant Expansion Ribbon Cutting: “Accumold is a Home-Grown Iowa Success Story”

November 9, 2011

ANKENY, Iowa – State and local officials, including Gov. Terry Branstad, joined Accumold’s executives and employees as the high-tech plastic parts manufacturer today opened its $7 million, 44,000-square-foot expansion that adds 43 employees to its workforce.

“Accumold is a home-grown Iowa success story. I’m proud of the role that the State of Iowa has played in Accumold’s success but it pales in comparison to what its employees have done,” Branstad said. “I’ve known Roger Hargens for many, many years and he’s a guy who makes things happen. Accumold is an industry leader because he has infused his determination, vision and pursuit of excellence into every person who works here – and they’ve responded in true Iowa tradition.”

The five-term governor added, “I want to make sure Accumold’s story is an inspiration to established and start-up companies all across our state as we work toward our five-year goal of creating 200,000 jobs so we can provide the best job opportunities for Iowans.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, which included Ankeny Mayor Steve Van Oort, took place at the company’s facility at 1711 SE Oralabor Road.

“We congratulate Accumold on their bold vision and success that has led to this impressive expansion,” Van Oort said. “We remain committed to proactively creating a community where businesses like Accumold can thrive and are proud they call Ankeny home.”

Hargens said the expansion reflects the company’s mission as “an innovation leader on a path of sustainable, long-term growth while tapping the creativity, ingenuity and work ethic that represents the best of Iowa.”

“We compete and win every day in a global economy against companies and countries that don’t always play fair. We do it by being nimble, determined and, frankly, smart about what we do,” Hargens said. “Obviously, a company with Accumold’s track record and potential could locate anywhere; we want to be right here. Our work takes us around the world but no matter where we go, there’s no place like Ankeny.”

Since its inception in 1985, Accu-mold’s mission has been on the production of super-micro, ultra-precision, plastic injection-molded parts. Today, Accu-mold is an international leader in tooling and manufacturing complex, micro-size parts and components that often measure in mere microns. To produce those parts, Accu-mold builds specialized molding machines engineered to handle volumes from prototypes to millions per year while maintaining consistent, precise tolerances that are unique in the industry.

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