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    Monday, December 05, 2016 3:20 PM
    One of these days, Iowa Fertilizer Co. LLC will produce 1.5 million to 2 million metric tons of fertilizer products a year, and it could use that cash flow to help offset some significant financing challenges, according to Fitch Ratings Inc.

    Friday, December 02, 2016 8:00 AM

  • Friday, December 02, 2016 6:00 AM

    Here's a list of local people in the December 2 issue of the Business Record and the page number of the article in which they are mentioned. Members can read all of this week's stories at and can access the digital version of the paper by clicking here.

    Dawn Ainger, 4
    Kristie Bell, 9
    Eric Branstad, 4
    Terry Branstad, 4
    Peter Brown, 9
    Kari Carney, 6
    Frank Cownie, 4
    Keith Erhard, 9
    Tom Gayman, 9
    Laura Hudson, 4
    Maria Irving, 4
    Robert Irving, 4
    Adam Kaduce, 9
    Terry Kouba, 15
    Kyle Krause, 9
    Steven Leath, 4
    Chad Rasmussen, 9
    Rick Tollakson, 4
    Mee Yang-Lee, 9


    Friday, December 02, 2016 6:00 AM
    The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation — one of the state’s longest-running and most respected land stewardship organizations — accepted an invitation to help protect the former Lime Kiln Mine in Hannibal, Mo., because it is home to as much as one-third of the remaining endangered Indiana bats in the world.

    Friday, December 02, 2016 6:00 AM
    While up in Ames recently for a mostly serious interview, I heard a story from the lighter side of things.

    Friday, December 02, 2016 6:00 AM
    If you see a nurse engrossed in her or his smartphone, don’t assume the nurse is just catching up on social media. 

    Friday, December 02, 2016 6:00 AM
    Kouba, vice president for generation operations, said Alliant is marching away from coal, as most utilities are.

  • The Elbert Files: One thing Trump can do: Build
    Friday, December 02, 2016 6:00 AM

  • McLellan: See the 360-degree opportunities
    Friday, December 02, 2016 6:00 AM

  • A Closer Look: Kari Carney
    Friday, December 02, 2016 6:00 AM
    Kari Carney is wrapping up her first year as executive director of 1000 Friends of Iowa, an 18-year-old nonprofit that is focused on land use education.

  • In the collision zone
    Friday, December 02, 2016 6:00 AM
    Kum & Go is experimenting with spaces where people go bump in the light. And it’s all in preparation for a move in 2018 to the Krause Gateway Center in downtown Des Moines, a structure that appears in architects’ renderings to be about to take flight or set sail.

  • Business Record 12-2-16
    Friday, December 02, 2016 6:00 AM

    In the collision zone
    Businesses large and small roll out their version of caution tape in designing contemporary office space.

    Focus: Building & Construction

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016 3:55 PM
    Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of interviewing Adam Plagge, the city of Johnston's economic development manager, a new position the city created to have a point of contact for developers. At 33, Plagge has compiled a diverse background, having worked in Deta, Romania, while with the Peace Corps, and guiding a nonprofit economic development group in Fairfield. Some pieces of our conversation did not make it into the Business Record article that resulted from the interview.

    Tuesday, November 29, 2016 2:00 PM

    In case you missed it...
    A brief look back at members-only news from the past week on


    Westlakes condos sold in a deal a long time coming
    A Missouri real estate investment trust has made its first purchase in Greater Des Moines, a complicated, $35.5 million deal involving the 300-unit Westlake Condominiums in West Des Moines, and it is in the market for more. 

    New federal courthouse in Des Moines
    The final authorization for funding of a new federal courthouse in Des Moines is in hand. 

    Judge halts rule expanding overtime for millions
    A federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction against an Obama administration regulation expanding by millions the number of workers who would be eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay. 

    Airport update: Doggy bathroom project nixed
    Des Moines International Airport will save about $96,000 after a local woman gave officials a way out of a $100,000 requirement to build a doggy bathroom inside the terminal. 

    Half of water trails study cash pledged
    Rick Tollakson, head of a local water trails task force, said more than half the $500,000 needed to do an engineering study of proposed recreational improvements to local rivers has been pledged.


    Friday, November 25, 2016 6:00 AM
    MidAmerican Energy’s Kathryn Kunert dropped an interesting nugget about the economic impact that the utility’s aggressive wind development in Iowa will have on electric rates during the Celebrate Business and Economic Impact Award luncheon held this month.

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