2012 Business of the Year - ICON Ag & Turf makes home base in Le Mars
A commitment to the community by ICON Ag & Turf led to the company being named the 2012 Business of the Year.
The award was presented to ICON general manager Adam Timmerman at the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner Saturday night.
"I'm very honored and very humbled to receive this award tonight," Timmerman said in accepting the award.
"Community involvement, a major expansion, job creation and enhanced services provided, are all part of the story of this year's recipient of the Chamber's Business of the Year," said Brad Pick, 2013 Chamber president, as he began his presentation.
Once the decision was made that the Le Mars location would be their main site, this company moved forward, making a statement with its new 40,000-square-foot facility, Pick continued.
"The company significantly increased its office, retail and service areas and nearly doubled their number of employees," Pick said.
Timmerman said he is very fortunate to lead an organization like ICON Ag & Turf.
"We have great people there and they carry out the core value of the business every day," Timmerman said.
The Le Mars business now has 33 employees. There were 16 employees at the former facility north of Le Mars.
The choice to build in Le Mars was easy for the organization geographically, as it is in the middle of territory ICON serves.
Other ICON locations are at Lawton, Ireton, Doon and Paullina.
ICON was welcomed with open arms from the Le Mars mayor and city administrator," Timmerman said as the company worked on buying land for the new facility. "They were just great to work with."
The facility, with access from Key Avenue, is located on the west side of the Highway 75/60 bypass southwest of Le Mars.
Timmerman said his Le Mars employees definitely deserved a new facility to work in.
With the larger facility, employees have the space to service the larger ag equipment for customers, Timmerman said.
With Le Mars as its main site, ICON also centralized the company's bookkeeping system.
A second level conference room offers a place for meeting with customers and employees.
"We have an integrated distance training facility upstairs, with eight computer stations that John Deere can have their experts put on training classes for our employees," Timmerman said. "It was great to reward our employees and our customers with a new facility."
Being in the community also means being involved in the community, Pick noted during the presentation.
ICON's donation of three lawnmowers to 4-H and FFA organizations in Plymouth, Lyon and Sioux counties helped raise $20,000 for the three organizations.
"The 4-H here in Plymouth County raised over $12,000 of that. It's really a credit to them. They took the ball and ran with it," Timmerman said. That's just one way we can leverage what we have and help out the local community as well."
In October, employees raised more than $3,000 that was donated to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City.
"We wanted to help families with their needs," Timmerman said.
To raise that money, during October, employees wore special pink ICON Ag & Turf shirts and jeans every Friday for a donation.
Timmerman is quick to credit the business success to the employees.
"My personal mission statement is 'use the talents that the Lord has given you to honor him.' Many of our employees carry out their core values of the business, integrity, success, excellence and teamwork," said Timmerman.
The employees have also taken their commitment to the community, participating in events such as Ice Cream Days, the Plymouth County Fair, the Chamber golf outing, or parades in the area, Pick said.
"This company is willing to participate and often provide the equipment necessary to ensure that things run smoothly," Pick said. "Le Mars is proud to be the home of this company's wonderful new facility, and grateful for the ongoing support provided to our community."
Timmerman said a lot of things are changing in the agricultural world.
"We're definitely blessed to be in this economic time as far as agriculture goes in the midwest and northwest Iowa. Technology changes have made it a challenge and exciting," Timmerman said. "Economically, we can be glad we're a part of rural Iowa."
Timmerman added he and his employees are looking forward to things in the years to come.
"I definitely promise you that we're not going to take our foot off the accelerator," Timmerman told Saturday's crowd. "We're expecting a great 2013, and we're not going to back off one bit."