WIUM Tristates Public Radio

AMJET

Jason Parrott / TSPR

AMJET Turbine Systems believes it is close to completing its prototype for a small-scale, hydro-electric turbine that can be mass-produced. The owner of the Keokuk-based start-up company said that's why he is asking the city for more time to repay a loan.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Paul Roos has been working for years to get his company off the ground in Keokuk. It now appears his efforts are paying off because AMJET Turbine Systems has nearly completed construction of its first hydro-electric turbine.

A potential Keokuk industry is getting a financial boost from the federal government.

Keokuk and Lee County got in on the ground floor of AMJET Turbine Systems by loaning the new industry $200,000 and $150,000, respectively, in 2010.

Private investors could be the key to a potential industry getting started in Lee County.