Benton Development Group (BDG) has announced the completion of a High Quality Jobs application for Frontier Co-op in Norway. The program is offered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IDEA) to offset some of the costs of expansion, relocation, or modernization of businesses offering employment with qualifying wages and fringe benefits. The Frontier expansion project includes a 7,000 square foot, innovation center allowing Frontier Co-op to add new jobs, and to retain existing qualifying jobs for the program.

Benton Development Group, Frontier Co-op, and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance worked together to apply for the IDEA program. BDG worked with the Benton County Board of Supervisors to approve the required local matching in the form of a tax abatement that the Supervisors recently voted to approve.

“BDG was pleased with the opportunity to assist Frontier Co-op,” explains Kate Robertson, Executive Director of Benton Development Group. “Our role is to assist businesses and organizations by bringing together the resources and expertise to make it easier for businesses to relocate, expand, or retain jobs in Benton County.”

Frontier Co-op, with locations in Norway, Belle Plaine, Urbana, and North Liberty is Benton County’s largest employer with more than 500 people working for the company. Founded in 1976, and based in Norway, Iowa, Frontier Co-op™ offers a full line of products for natural living under the Frontier Co-op, Simply Organic, and Aura Cacia brands. Products include culinary herbs, spices and baking flavors; bulk herbs and spices; and aromatherapy products with a wide selection of organics. Frontier Co-op’s goal is to provide consumers with the highest quality products while supporting and promoting social and environmental responsibility.

“Frontier Co-op is the right kind of company to have in our county,” says Robertson. “With progressive employee benefits, including full-time benefits, including full-time benefits at 30 hours, no mandatory overtime and subsidized, onsite childcare at its Norway facility, they really are a premier employment option.”