This week, Clickstop announced plans for a multi-million dollar expansion that will bring an estimated 100 new jobs to the area by the end of 2018.
Company Founder and CEO Tim Guenther unveiled his preliminary plans when Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham came to tour the Urbana based company on Wednesday, June 17. Durham visited Benton County as part of a local economic event hosted by the Benton Development Group. Her visit to Clickstop was just one stop as she sought to better understand the needs of businesses in rural Iowa.
Clickstop owns and operates several brands out of at its two facilities in Urbana. The company serves diverse markets ranging from the moving and cargo control industries (uscargocontrol.com), to energy efficient insulation (ecofoil.com), fasteners (fastenersplus.com) and home storage solutions (spacesavers.com & justplasticboxes.com).
Clickstop is experiencing rapid growth. This is the company’s second building expansion since opening its Blue Creek Drive office in 2011. In the past decade, Clickstop has surged from a handful of employees to more than 120. Two years ago, the company began manufacturing tie-down products for its flagship brand US Cargo Control. Since then, the brand’s customer base, product lines and manufacturing sector have boomed.
Recent Iowa Workforce Development numbers show a decline of 3,200 manufacturing positions from March to April of this year. Clickstop is bucking that trend as it added a second manufacturing shift in January 2015 and is still hiring to date. With plans to break ground on the 53,080 sq. ft. expansion in September, the company’s capabilities will increase with a larger office, manufacturing space and room for additional employees. About half of the projected jobs added will work in manufacturing.
“We are extremely fortunate to have experienced such success in a short amount of time and we know our location in Urbana and the resources available here have helped us along the way,” Guenther said. “This announcement is positive for Clickstop, our local communities and Iowa’s economy.”
Watch the video below to see the announcement made by Clickstop Founder & CEO Tim Guenther.
Video by Amy Hummel