Marion's Legacy Manufacturing hoping to expand

Addition would add 200,000 square feet to warehouse

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MARION — Legacy Manufacturing Co. is considering an expansion to its existing warehouse in Marion. Officials credit “continued growth and success in restoring U.S. manufacturing processes” as the catalyst, according to a Marion Economic Development Corp. media release Friday.

In 2016, Legacy, at 6509 Partners Ave., completed construction on a 133,000-square-foot facility in the Marion Enterprise Center. A division of Weems Industries, Legacy produces professional grade service and maintenance equipment.

The warehouse expansion, which could begin as early as this fall, would add 200,000 square feet to the building, according to the news release.

However, the expansion is contingent upon financial assistance from the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the city of Marion, according to the release.

The Marion City Council will consider approval and local match to a possible IEDA grant at its Aug. 17 council meeting.

Nick Glew, MEDCO president, said the expansion means a lot for Marion as the city continues to grow industrial and commercial sectors. The expansion also could mean an additional 13 new jobs created over the next three years in packaging, assembly and support staff.

“This will be one of, if not the, largest building in Marion,” Glew said. “ ... A community can’t grow if we don’t continue to add not only new capital investment, but new jobs.”

Glew said the expansion is due to Legacy and MEDCO’s direct efforts to reshore operations.

“We helped connect them to resources across the state to help them better understand the reshoring process and some of the intricacies,” Glew said.

“Legacy is committed to the continued development of superior products designed and produced in Eastern Iowa,” Mark Weems, Legacy president, said in the release.

Matt Weems, Legacy’s owner, could not be immediately reached for comment.

l Comments: (319) 368-8516; makayla.tendall@thegazette.com

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