Ground has been broken on Marshalltown’s new $920 million investment. Ryan Stensland with Alliant Energy says he’s excited to finally break ground on the Marshalltown Generating Station on the East Side of town.
“I’m so pleased to see so many folk come out and help us celebrate with us today,” Stensland says, “And it’s really been something that has been 7 years in the making. So, it’s a fantastic day for everyone, and I look forward to celebrating with them.”
Dave Thompson with the Marshall County Board of Supervisors, says this new station will do wonders because, “It’s just one more key in our economic development that’s currently going on that’s just off the charts right now.”
The excitement was palpable at the event held on the grounds of the future gas-powered plant. The project that has been many years in the works, and the plans are now finally falling just like the dirt off the ceremonial shovels.
Also in attendance, was Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. He says the station will aid many people throughout central Iowa, economically and environmentally.
“Low cost, reliable energy is going to help us attract more industry and
business to the area,” Gov. Branstad says, “It’s going to assure the consumers that they’re going to have a reliable source of power for their homes and for their businesses.”
There’s also one other thing that station will bring to Iowa, that the governor is especially excited about.
“It’s also creating some great jobs,” he says, “Great construction jobs here for the next couple of years and then they’ll be some great permanent jobs here with Alliant. So, it’s a win-win situation and we’re very excited about it.”
Construction on the generating station is expected to be completed by 2016 and operations to begin by the second quarter of 2017.
--Article and Photos By 1230 KFJB Reporter Katherine Fritcke