Rep. Loebsack Makes the Rounds

Iowa District Congressional Representative Dave Loebsack, second from right, visits with company officials of Iowa Wood Preservers Tuesday. Pictured are Nick Sowl, Emily Jorgensen, Loebsack, and Jeremy Jorgensen. RD Keep/MAP Photo

Iowa District 2 Congressman David Loebsack may be in the twilight months of his term, but that does not mean he has slowed down. He is making the rounds in his district, which includes Mahaska, Keokuk and Washington Counties. This past week, he made a stop at Iowa Wood Preservers in Oskaloosa. The congressman met with company leadership prior to taking the tour of the facility and meeting with workers. 

Iowa Wood Preservers is one of those hidden Iowa companies that produces products we see every day but have no idea they come from the area, similar to Clow Valve fire hydrants that are found in many area communities and around the country. 

Iowa Wood Preservers has been in Oskaloosa since the 1980s and changed to its current name in 2000. 

Loebsack was interested in the company’s product lines and how some of the government tariffs have affected business. 

The company primarily provides pressure-treated lumber products to the wholesale market for residential commodities.

“We are tied pretty close to the residential market,” said plant manager Jeremy Jorgensen. “We have expanded from eight employees in 2000, when we bought the company, to 20 employees now.”

Loebsack inquired about the company’s growth from two buildings and a small office to 12 buildings on its campus in southeast Oskaloosa. New markets have helped IWP move forward.

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