Ames is home to the renowned research institution of Iowa State University, world class companies including 3M, Barilla America, Workiva, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, HIPRA, Danfoss, and Syngenta, as well as the National Centers for Animal Health and a Federal Department of Energy Lab. Diverse housing options and cultural amenities make Ames the right place for recruiting workforce talent, and there are numerous companies in the community that provide testimony to this fact every day.
Speaking of which, here are some testimonials from some of these companies on why they chose - and continue to choose - Ames.
"Ames is the best place for us to grow our U.S. presence. The combination of the abundant animal health infrastructure along with Iowa State University makes this a compelling place for us to locate our operations." - David Nogareda, HIPRA
"Barilla America originally chose the Ames, Iowa location to build its first plant in the U.S. primarily based on the logistical advantages. With major U.S. rail line running through our property and the ability to be on primary North-South or East-West interstates quickly, Ames became a great option for us. When you initially have one manufacturing location and need to service the entire country, Ames, Iowa is an ideal central location." - Mike Biegger, Barilla America
"Ames has been an excellent place to operate my business ... ISU is a good source of qualified employees, and the community's outstanding living environment helps us recruit from out of state." - Al Myers, Ag Leader Technology
"Many of our customers are on the East Coast, but the decision to stay in Ames was important to us." - Kent Rotert, Colorbiotics