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  • Friday, January 12, 2018 2:31 PM
    Full employment is finally here, or at least not far away. That’s according to the vast majority of economists surveyed this month by The Wall Street Journal. 

    Friday, January 12, 2018 6:00 AM

    Apparently investors think we have an aging population that’s ready to retire, buy a new RV and hit the country roads for an outdoors adventure. 

    Forest City-based Winnebago Industries Inc. topped the Iowa Index list of 22 Iowa-based publicly traded companies after a 2017 in which its stock price increased 75.67 percent. Winnebago’s stellar 2017 comes just one year after it posted a 59.05 percent increase, good for second place in last year’s analysis.

  • Public Companies: Heartland Financial
    Friday, January 12, 2018 6:00 AM

    The beginning and end of 2017 had a similar theme at Heartland Financial USA Inc., the Dubuque-based bank holding company that has sprawled over 12 states since its founding in 1981.

    At the start of last year, Heartland was announcing the closing of one bank acquisition and an agreement to purchase another. At the end of the year, Heartland was closing another bank purchase and CEO Lynn “Butch” Fuller was in Lubbock, Texas, setting the stage for another acquisition. 


  • Public Companies: Winnebago Industries
    Friday, January 12, 2018 6:00 AM
    2017 was the year that Winnebago Industries shifted from its familiar role as a manufacturer of RVs into a bigger player in camping trailers. And the company, enjoying one of its best financial years in recent history, plans to look for ways to expand into broader outdoor recreation plays. The longtime fixture of Forest City was incorporated in 1958.

  • Public Companies: Meredith Corporation
    Friday, January 12, 2018 6:00 AM

    The past year has been a landmark time for media powerhouse Meredith Corp., which recorded its strongest financial results yet in its 115-year history. To cap a momentous 2017, the Des Moines-based publishing company in 2018 will climb a few rungs higher on the ladder of largest U.S. publishing companies with its pending acquisition of Time Inc. 


  • Thursday, January 11, 2018 11:07 AM
    Thomas Salisbury has been named the regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska (Region VII).

    Wednesday, January 10, 2018 1:10 PM
    In the longtime throes of battling decay in some neighborhoods, the city of Des Moines will provide a financial incentive to private and nonprofit groups that agree to rehab blighted properties.

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018 3:40 PM

  • Monday, January 8, 2018 3:11 PM
    Iowa is the eighth-best state to raise a family, according to personal finance website WalletHub, which measured 42 indicators of family-friendliness in all states. 

  • Monday, January 8, 2018 3:10 PM
    One moving company said last week that Iowa had more people moving out of the state than moving in; this week another national mover suggests the migration trend is nearly balanced.

    Monday, January 8, 2018 11:34 AM
    The U.S. Small Business Administration backed 160 private loans for a combined $67.6 million in 2017, up from 157 loans for $53.7 million the year before. 

  • Friday, January 5, 2018 11:40 AM
    If you are looking for help in Ames, you truly may have some trouble. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this week that Ames’ unemployment rate was the lowest among U.S. metros in November at 1.5 percent. 

    Thursday, January 4, 2018 11:27 AM
    Iowa remained an “outbound” state in Atlas Van Lines’ latest review of moves -- meaning that more than 55 percent of shipments were leaving the state, not coming in. 

  • Wednesday, January 3, 2018 11:16 AM
    The Greater Des Moines Partnership will host its annual opening night legislative reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Tea Room. 

  • Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:26 AM
    The IowaWORKS Center in Des Moines will be open until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Jan. 9 to accommodate visitors who can’t come during business hours. 

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