George C. Ford

Correspondent for The Gazette


$200 million Apple deal debated during Iowa Ideas panel

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Iowa Chamber Alliance's chief executive on Thursday defended the use of $200 million in financial incentives to lure an Apple data center to Waukee that will employ 50 to 100 people.

#x201c;The state is putting up less than $20 ... »

Innovation Expo 2017: Entrepreneurs seek feedback, potential financing in Coralville

CORALVILLE - Brandon Lovested and Jay Hamilton were looking for constructive feedback as they continue to grow their company, Optimum Fleet Health.

They received it Tuesday after making a presentation to a panel of experts at Innovation Expo 2017 ... »

It’s tomato time in Iowa

While his neighbors probably will not begin harvesting their corn for several weeks, Chris Bass has been busy picking his crop of tomatoes.

Lots of tomatoes.

#x201c;We grow tons of tomatoes - at least a couple of thousand plants,#x201d; Bass ... »

Garage Band: Daughter’s plant-based protein choice inspires local business

Having a daughter that prefers peanut butter over steak provided a Marion entrepreneur with the inspiration for a business.

Brandy Vorhies owns Nutty Sisters, which makes freshly ground artisan peanut, sunflower and almond butters. The two-year-ol ... »

Things nobody tells you about starting a business

When Jeff Quint was launching his first business, LiveWare 5, an education technology startup, with co-founder Bruce Lehrman, he quickly learned there are many things no one tells you before you take the entrepreneurial leap.

#x201c;Every problem ... »

Whirlpool to hire 500 for Amana refrigerator plant

Whirlpool Corp.'s Amana Operations refrigerator plant is planning what officials there call a hiring blitz over the next three weeks, aiming to add 500 employees.

Chris Rice, Amana Operations human resources director, said the full-time position ... »

Garage Band: Vinton company offers handcrafted kitchen items

After years of watching her brother, Timothy #x201c;T.J.#x201d; Bowen, handcraft wood furniture, cabinets and intricate pieces in homes around Iowa, Alexa Schirm asked him to make a cutting board and cooking utensils as gifts.

That request and Bow ... »

Caribou Coffee, Einstein Bros. coming to Westdale

CEDAR RAPIDS - The coffee and bagel scene in the Corridor is about to get a new player.

Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels will open a store in December at 2870 Edgewood Rd. SW on the perimeter of Westdale mall.

Edgewood Partners is b ... »

Aldi remodeling Cedar Rapids, Marion stores

German grocery chain Aldi is remodeling stores in Cedar Rapids and Marion in connection with a nationwide $1.6 billion upgrade and expansion initiative announced in February.

The company, with its U.S. headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Batavia ... »

Proposed co-pilot training change draws fire

Legislation to reduce minimum training requirements for the nation's airline co-pilots is drawing fire from air safety advocates at the same time as it's gaining support from regional airlines and small community airports that face potential loss of air ... »