Altorfer: WB hub of SE Iowa by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · May 10, 2013
Altorfer plans to spend “millions” building its new location near Interstate 80, according to a company representative, and the building should be ready by next February.
The West Branch City Council on Monday approved the company’s site plan that puts one main building of about 38,500 square feet and a small storage building of about 4,800 square feet on property south of the Presidential Inn and north of 300th Street.
Pat Puntoni, vice president of Altorfer’s Ag Division, said West Branch is centrally located for its eastern Iowa territory.
“We cover 26 counties in southeast Iowa,” he said. “If you draw a circle with a 60-mile radius (from West Branch) it touches all but one.”
Puntoni said the company is merging a Cedar Rapids ag facility with the new West Branch store, and two employees there will transfer to the new location. The West Branch location will have the capacity to employ 16 to 20 people, but it could take a year or two to build up to that, he said.
The store will include a shop for repairs, a parts warehouse, office complex and display/training area. Some of the farm equipment and machinery will be parked inside like a car dealership, while the rest sits outside on more than 150,000 square feet of heavy-duty pavement and more than 130,000 square feet of gravel.
The site plan shows that a large strip of the property, the section just south of the Presidential Inn, will be left as grass.
Corporate monuments will mark three corners of the property and there will be a detention basin on the southeast corner of the property.
The parking lot will have 45 parking spaces and two designated for the handicapped.
Puntoni said they will offer machines by Class, AgPro, Caterpillar and Ag-Chem.
As for the building’s design, “we are fine-tuning that now.”
“It should be a facility the community can be proud of,” he said.
He said the company will spend “in the millions” on the property, but they have yet to come up with an estimate.
“We look forward to coming to West Branch,” Puntoni said.
Altorfer plans to break ground in June and expects construction to take about nine months, allowing it to open by February 2014.
Altorfer has sites in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana.