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Iowa Fertilizer Company

The Lee County Sheriff's Office will help provide security during a planned shutdown of a local manufacturing plant.

A former employee filed a lawsuit against Iowa Fertilizer Company, claiming sex discrimination, unequal pay, and sexual harassment. She also claims her termination from the production plant in Lee County violates state law.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The Lee County Board will consider adding some new traffic signs around the Iowa Fertilizer Company plant near Wever. But the board is not willing to go any farther to address the company’s concerns about traffic safety.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Representatives of Iowa Fertilizer Company joined local and state leaders on Nov. 19, 2013 to break ground on a new production facility in Lee County. Nearly 4 1/2 years later, IFC celebrated the start of fertilizer production at the plant near Wever.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Iowa Fertilizer Company broke ground on its roughly $2-billion production plant in 2012. Four years later, the company is preparing to bring the plant online.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Iowa Fertilizer Company's new production plant in northern Lee County remains a hub of activity with roughly 2,400 hundred workers on-site, but that activity revolves around construction, not production. The head of the company said the focus of the activity should change in a matter of months.

Abby Wendle

The U.S. might be on the verge of a boom in new fertilizer plants, which could be good news for farmers, but not the environment.  Today's farmers can produce more from their land than ever before thanks, in part, to nitrogen fertilizer, a key ingredient that has never been more widely available.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

A second bomb threat at Iowa Fertilizer Company's new manufacturing plant in northern Lee County in the last six weeks yielded no explosive device. The first threat, which was made in July, also proved to be unfounded.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that it reached a settlement with Iowa Fertilizer Company and the contractor building its roughly $2 billion dollar production facility near Wever, Iowa regarding water quality violations.  IFC and Orascom E&C USA agreed to pay a $80,689 civil penalty.

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Iowa Fertilizer Company's new production plant being built in northern Lee County could soon have a new owner. Early indications are that the new owner would become the largest nitrogen fertilizer company on the planet once the deal is complete.

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Iowa Fertilizer Company's new production plant near Wever was evacuated at around 11:00 A.M. Tuesday.  The evacuation came less than a day after a bomb threat was discovered in a portable restroom on the construction site.

A Lee County couple has started the clock on potential legal action against the county, the state, and a local business over the condition of the gravel road in front of their home.

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Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA2) said Wednesday afternoon that he's keeping an eye on the ongoing labor dispute at the site of Iowa Fertilizer Company's new production plant near Wever.  He said he's concerned about the fact that Iowans were laid off when a new subcontractor was hired last month.

Jason Parrott

The head of Iowa's economic development agency said she will try to facilitate communication between labor leaders and the people who are overseeing construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant in Lee County that recently issued layoffs.


Iowa Fertilizer Company is confident its new plant in northern Lee County will be up and running before the end of 2015.

Jim King smiled from ear to ear throughout Monday's news conference, which was called to announce the acquisition of his newest teaching tool.

Jason Parrott

Southeast Iowa is learning a valuable lesson about supply and demand courtesy of a nearly $2 billion investment in the region.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office arrested a dozen workers at Iowa Fertilizer Company's plant near Wever for identity theft on Thursday.

Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Iowa Fertilizer Company has been the talk of Lee County for months.  In fact, Governor Terry Branstad mentions it regularly in public speeches.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says it will do what it can about how some people are driving through Wever as traffic has skyrocketed thanks to the construction of Iowa Fertilizer Company’s new plant south of town.

Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

The continued growth of a future Lee County industry could turn some residents into temporary hotel/motel "owners."

Board to Explore Fertilizer Plant Request

Dec 19, 2013

The Lee County Board of Supervisors will take a closer look at the latest request from Iowa Fertilizer Company.

A partnership between Southeastern Community College and Iowa Fertilizer Company is now official.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority has agreed to increase its financial incentive package for Iowa Fertilizer Company.

A special committee could be formed to work with a planned industry in southeast Iowa.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad held nothing back as he took on critics of a proposed $1.4-billion fertilizer plant in northern Lee County.

The head of the Lee County Board of Supervisors says he is confident the state will remain on board with a proposed fertilizer plant near Wever.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors has signed off on a revised application for an Iowa Department of Transportation RISE grant on behalf of Iowa Fertilizer Company (IFC).

Iowa Fertilizer Company’s new production plant in northern Lee County could have an even larger impact on the local housing market than first anticipated.

Plan to Divide Fertilizer Money

Dec 14, 2012

The Lee County Board of Supervisors knows how it will divide some future revenue.