BUSINESS BOOM: Marion economic development leaders are celebrating several businesses that are expanding or relocating to the city. ELPAST America, which makes large zipper bags, will be the first tenant in the new Marion Enterprise Center. Freund-Vector, which manufactures granulating, coating and drying equipment, is planning a $2.16 million expansion. Marion Iron will relocate to the Marion Industrial Center, allowing more development on the Central Corridor. Hupp Electric is moving in jobs, and Fiberight plans to build a new facility for recycling waste. All told, it means additional 200-plus jobs in the city.
HISTORIC MURALS OK: A series of 1911 murals in the historic Peoples Bank and Trust building were found to be well preserved. The Louis Sullivan-designed bank building on Cedar Rapids’ near west side is being renovated, and the murals will be featured in a new restaurant.
lllAUDIO ADDED: One positive outcome of the latest dispute between Linn County Auditor Joel Miller and the county supervisors is that supervisors’ meetings will be recorded for public audio replay on the county website. The Cedar Rapids City Council and school district already provide such audio recordings. Meanwhile, Miller and supervisors are still at odds on how much of the meeting minutes should be published in newspapers of record. Stay tuned.