Iowa Falls will see an influx of visitors in the coming years after Cargill announced this week that it will move its Operations Training Center to the Scenic City. The Minnesota-based company announced Thursday that it is relocating its training center from Cordova, Tenn., to Iowa Falls, where it will be housed in the former Berry Plastics building. Cargill bought that building, located directly west of its local facility, in 2015 when Berry Plastics closed its local production facility and laid off 50 people. The site will be used to train employees, new supervisors and maintenance employees from throughout the U.S. and Canada. According to a Cargill press release, training is conducted Mondays through Fridays, averaging 25 weeks per year. “We are thrilled to be moving to Iowa Falls and look forward to establishing relationships with local suppliers for transportation, hotel accommodations, catering and evening dinners/entertainment,” Jeff Showalter, operations training leader for Cargill’s North American agricultural supply chain said in the press release. Showalter and his family will relocate to Iowa Falls. Cargill training center will bring 500 visitors a year. Iowa Falls Area Development Corporation Executive Director Mark Buschkamp, who’s known about the planned move for about a month, said the training center relocation is good news for Iowa Falls. “It’s going to bring a lot of people to the community,” Buschkamp said. “It’ll increase the need for hotel space and dining and other things. That’s 500 additional people a year through our community. “It’s not new jobs, it’s not permanent residents, but they’re coming through the community,” he added. “It can help if those people have a great impression of Iowa Falls.” Buschkamp said it’s also a reinvestment in an existing facility – the Berry Plastics building. “That’s a good sign that they’re committed to the community,” he said. Cargill will offer its first training course in the new space in December.
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