OTTUMWA-A long-awaited and much anticipated transaction was recently completed between C&C Manufacturing, LLC of Centerville and Republic Financial Corp. owner of Al-Jon Manufacturing of Ottumwa. The $3.4 million project will cover the purchase of all buildings and land totaling over 16 acres at the airport campus, including 200,000 square feet of production space. In addition, C&C will own Al Jon’s Scrap Products Division, Solid Waste Division, and manufacturing rights to the Vammas equipment line from Fortbrand Services, making them the exclusive world-wide distributor of its snow removal equipment. “Al-Jon has been a family-owned and operated business since Jon Kneen opened it in 1963. We excited to purchase a company with 54 years of great history, and with whom we’ve personally done business with for over 20 years. We’re confident that C&C’s own commitment to excellence in manufacturing and customer service will help us carry on the legacy of quality, reliability and value that Al-Jon has been known for worldwide” say C&C Co-Owners Gaylon and Geoff Cowan.
A local incentive package of both grants and loans was offered to C&C including $225,000 each from Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation and Area 15 Regional Planning Commission thru the REDI Loan program, along with $25,000 from the City of Ottumwa and $25,000 from Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation. “All these partners worked closely with the Cowan’s to facilitate this transaction. OEDC is committed to the economic health of Ottumwa and Wapello County, and we see this as a great addition to our industrial mix. We are confident that the Cowan’s will make this business in Ottumwa as successful as they’ve been in Centerville” says Sharon Stroh, Ottumwa Economic Development director.
C&C currently employs 59 people at its Centerville location and has plans to add another 39 jobs in Ottumwa. Positions include machinists, welders, fabricators, quality control specialists and project managers. Ottumwa Mayor Tom Lazio says “We are excited and pleased to have C&C Machining of Centerville expand to the Ottumwa airport complex. This expansion will provide good paying jobs with benefits that will add to the economy of the Ottumwa area. We are glad to help them in this effort and wish the company the best as they utilize an available building and ready workforce.”
Curt Spry, a 25-year veteran in the scrap industry, 22 years with Al-Jon, will act as Sales Manager for the scrap equipment product line, “It’s my intention to work with our C&C sales, service and manufacturing teams to quickly instill market confidence and familiarity with the new C&C brand. The name will change but the scrap processing equipment, together with back-up service and parts support we supply to the market will be the same or better.” said Spry. The Vammas snow removal equipment division, currently managed by Kevin Ekhart, is used at such international airports as John F. Kennedy in New York, and Logan in Boston. C&C has purchase orders for more to be delivered to Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
C&C was established in 1994 by brothers Geoff and Gaylon Cowan in their father’s barn, and has grown to a 150,000 square foot production facility in Centerville, Iowa. C&C has built a large, diverse customer base with local companies such as Vermeer, Clow, and Wieler Products, as well as international giants such as Emmerson Process Management.
C & C Manufacturing LLC is located at 15075 Al-Jon Ave, Ottumwa, Iowa.