Neb. company buys Spencer manufacturer

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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013 12:00 am

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) — A Nebraska company’s purchase of a northwest Iowa manufacturer has saved 30 jobs.

Thurston Manufacturing Co. of Thurston, Neb., said it purchased Simonsen Iron Works of Spencer, Iowa, and planned to reopen the plant Monday morning.

The plant closed last week and its 32 employees were laid off.

Thurston co-owner Nick Jenson said the acquisition allows his company to expand production and accept orders it otherwise would have had to turn away.

The company makes fertilizer injection and tillage equipment.

He said the purchase was completed swiftly to allow Simonsen workers to get back to work. He said 30 of the 32 employees were to resume plant operations at 6 a.m. Monday.

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