Iowa Central Agrees to Purchase Western Express

by Iowa Central Public Information Office
Posted on 7/10/2012


Fort Dodge - The Iowa Central Community College Board of Directors today agreed to purchase the almost vacant Western Express Offices and related facilities that sits on 18 acres, including over 60,000 sq ft of space,  for $1.3 million dollars. The property is located just south of the intersection of US Business 20 and Quail Avenue on the eastern entrance to Fort Dodge. The college will allow Western Express use of a 9,000 square foot building  for 3 years. Western Express will be required to pay for all utiliities, insurance and repairs under $500 during that 3 year time period.

Dr. Dan Kinney and Board Chair Mark Crimmins said “The opportunity to purchase this multi-purpose facility comes at a very critical time in our regional economic recovery as the college prepares to help train the workers for a variety of existing and new industry. The college is bursting at its seams and this space will allow us to cost-effectively provide needed training space for our future economic and workforce growth. It will also help with our growing transportation logistics and truck driver training programs”.

Funding for the purchase will come from funds the college has set aside for important economic development purposes.

Kinney also stated “Had the college had to construct similar facilities, including furniture, equipment, telephone equipment, land  and concrete parking lots, it would have cost the college more  than $7 million dollars.”

“Iowa Central is grateful for the hard work local real estate Broker Jim Kesterson played in making this a win-win for the college, company and community, and appreciates very much the willingness of Western Express to make such a good transaction a reality”, Kinney concluded.