Shovel-Ready Sites in Southeastern Iowa

Helgerson Flats Industrial Center is an 82-acre parcel that was site certified by the Iowa Economic Development Authority in March, 2019.


This development-ready property located in Ottumwa, IA  is just 2 miles off U.S. Highway 63 and less than 1 mile to Iowa Highway 149, adjacent to an existing industrial park.

The land is:

  • Zoned industrial
  • Competitively priced at $15,000 per acre
  • Level: only 30 feet of elevation exist between the lowest and highest points

Businesses that complement the existing agriculture-based manufacturing industry would be ideal. Successful companies such as JBS USA, John Deere, Cargill, Keurig Dr Pepper and Plastipak have made their homes in the area. Alternatively, the location is conducive to warehousing and logistics.


Ottumwa, IA's labor shed includes eight counties within a 50 mile radius, for a total pool of nearly 115,000 individuals. Employees enjoy a higher education level and higher wages than neighboring counties, and nearly 76% have education credentials beyond high school. Ottumwa, IA is one of 124 national Job Corps sites, which provide job skills training to young adults.


Iowa’s Certified Site Program

Quality of Life:

Ottumwans enjoy a wonderful quality of life. The town has excellent recreational opportunities, including two golf courses, a year-round aquatic center, 20 miles of trails, and 600 acres of green space, which includes an off-leash dog park for furry residents. Ottumwa, IA also has symphony, theater and arts groups.

Due Diligence: Completed

  • Phase 1 Environmental Assessment
  • Wetland Determination Letter
  • Species Report
  • Archeological Findings
  • Geotechnical Study
  • Topographic Survey

Zoning: I-1 Limited Industry

Establishments engaged in the manufacturing or processing of finished products from previously-prepared materials, including processing, fabrication, assembly, treatment, and packaging of such products, and incidental storage, sales, and distribution. These establishments are characterized by having no major external environmental effects across property lines and include no unscreened or unenclosed outdoor storage.

Strongest Focus: Target Industries

  • Food and Beverage Processing
  • Automotive Supply Chain
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Warehouse and Distribution
  • And Many Others

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