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Heartland Goodwill selects Coralville location for new vegetable oil packaging facility

Heartland Goodwill Enterprises (HGE) has selected Coralville location for a new vegetable oil packaging facility in, Iowa, US.

The former FS Feed Mill in Coralville has been selected as the suitable site for the new vegetable oil packaging venture.

Last year, the US Department of Agriculture selected HGE to package vegetable oil for its international and domestic food aid program.

The contract, which is valued at around $18m per annum, will allow HGE to package oil between 10,000 and 14,000 metric tons in four different container types.

With the new vegetable oil contract, HGE is expected to create around 40 new jobs in the region.

Total start-up costs are estimated to be $7.6m.  Apart from receiving more financial support, HGE requires to negotiate a price for the packaged oil with the USDA that is acceptable to both organizations before the project can go ahead.

Goodwill of the Heartland operations vice president Jess Schamberger said: “The building owner, Jeff Braverman, President of Jaras, Inc., and the City of Coralville have both demonstrated significant local support for this project and are committed to assisting Goodwill in making it happen.”

In 2013, Goodwill established HGE to meet the direct labor ratio requirements and administer contracts of AbilityOne.

Current contracts comprised of custodial work at the Iowa City Federal Building, Herbert Hoover Library and Museum in West Branch, Coralville Reservoir and the Federal Courthouse and Army Corps of Engineers office in Davenport.

The unemployment rate for persons with a disability was 10.5% in 2016, as per the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.