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MMSC Clinic, STEM, Petty Livestock plans explored

Tama County Economic Development Pitch & Build

January 31, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

In a bit of a change from the customary Tama County Economic Development Pitch and Build competitions, three varied reports were made Tuesday night, Jan. 21, at the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center. Heath Kellogg, county Economic Development director, said the forum was an opportunity to provide information on developments important to the county.


Lisa Chizek, North Tama Schools science teacher, told of a second STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Festival set for March 30 from 1-3 p.m. at the North Tama School in Traer.

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John Hughes, Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center CEO with architect’s rendering of phases of the new hospital complex planned for Marshalltown.
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STEM is a state-wide innative aimed at getting kids involved in these areas and filling a void in the future workplace for which high demand for people with those skills is foreseen.

Chizek said the first STEM program held last year drew 300 students, parents and participants. It included 30 displays from various companies and other sources which are interactive and geared to generate interest among the students to study Stem-related courses.

All Tama County schools - South Tama, Meskwaki Settlement, GMG, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Union and North Tama - are participants in the STEM Festivals held at North Tama, Chizek said.

MMSC Toledo Clinic

John Hughes, CEO of Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center, gave an overview of the planned phases for a new hospital complex to be built on Marshalltown's south side. Hughes said the present east side downtown location does not have adequate space to provide areas for expansion which modern medicine and patient services require.

Along with the plans at Marshalltown, MMSC is planning to build a new $2.5 million - $3 million clinic and rehabilitation facility on South County Road (U.S. Highway 63) in Toledo. It will replace the current set up at 1307 South Broadway.

When completed Hughes said the new clinic will afford space for specialists to visit on a rotating basis and expanded rehabilitation facilities.

The new clinic is planned to be in keeping in design with the central core of the new Marshalltown hospital. Hughes said MMSC is seeking to acquire additional property owned by the City of Toledo just south of the new clinic site. He told the Chronicle a proposed trade for the existing clinic building has not been deemed feasible by lenders.

Hughes said 85 percent of MMSC's patients come from Tama and Marshall counties.

He said a Farmers Home Administration Rural Health Clinic grant will be applied for, possibly as soon as this week to aid in the funding.

Petty Livestock

Mark Chaffee,a spokesperson for the Petty family, owners of Petty Livestock Equipment Manufacturing Co., Gladbrook, explained the company's desire to sell-off a portion of its business.

He said the age of members of the family's operation has been the determining factor in the decision to offer the rental portion of the business.

He said the quality of the Petty livestock enclosures has made them high in demand for horse shows and other livestock events in the Midwest.

Chaffee said "there's opportunity to grow" citing a total of 2.7 million horses being entered in shows in the U.S.

The Petty rental business sets up enclosures at the shows, fairs and other livestock events.



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