Business

United Fire expects lower earnings

CEDAR RAPIDS — Catastrophic losses are expected to sharply reduce United Fire Group’s third-quarter operating earnings, potentially r ... »

Irwin’s closing after 58 years in business

Irwin’s, a men’s apparel retailer in Marion that has operated for 58 years, will begin a going-out-of-business sale Thursday and clos ... »

MidWestOne earnings virtually unchanged

IOWA CITY — MidWestOne Financial Group, corporate parent of MidWestOne Bank, posted third-quarter earnings that were essentially the same th ... »

Students getting hands-on experience in architecture, engineering

IOWA CITY — High school students from seven Eastern Iowa counties are getting hands-on experience in the fields of architecture, constructio ... »

Sears, Kmart stores closing in Iowa

Sears Holdings is laying off at least 5,457 workers and closing more than 100 Kmart, Sears and Sears Auto Center locations, including three stores ... »

Size matters when it comes to farming

SOLON — When it comes to farming, it’s a question of whether bigger is better.

Just ask Eric Menzel, of Salt Fork Farms outside ... »

Senators demand nationwide air bag recall in U.S.

Two U.S. senators demanded Thursday that safety regulators issue a nationwide recall of automobiles with potentially defective air bags that can la ... »

AEGON selling Canadian insurance unit

AEGON has reached an agreement to sell its Canadian life insurance operations to Wilton RE of Wilton, Conn., for $535.5 million.

The Netherla ... »

Nordstrom will hire 900 in Cedar Rapids

Nordstrom is hiring approximately 900 full- and part-time seasonal employees for its fulfillment center in southwest Cedar Rapids.

The Seattl ... »

My Biz: Beer lover brews up business idea

MARION — Six years ago, Joseph Williams’ fiancee got him a home-brew kit for Christmas.

Williams instantly became hooked on th ... »

Iowa Health Information Network grows

Several health care providers across the state will soon go live with a significant feature of the »

USDA approves $14.7 million South Slope loan

NORTH LIBERTY — The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a $14.7 million communications infrastructure loan for South Slope Cooperative C ... »

My Biz: Club Deli serves up soups, sandwiches

CEDAR RAPIDS — Club Deli, 1933 51st St. NE, owner Chris Dlouhy started cooking as a kid and has never really stopped.

“I’ ... »

Air bag recall increased to 7.8 million vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said owners of 7.8 million vehicles fitted with air bags manufactured by Japan’s Takata C ... »

Iowa farmers make progress on harvest

Iowa’s farmers took advantage of more than four days without rain to harvest more soybeans in the week that ended on Sunday while waiting fo ... »