A Rock Island business with more than 100 jobs is headed to Davenport, where it will be able to expand.
The Davenport City Council approved incentives Wednesday for Seaberg Industries to purchase part of a building at 2395 West Lake Blvd. Craig Kinzer, president of Seaberg Industries, said a purchase offer on the building was accepted Friday.
Seaberg Industries is a metal fabricating company that counts Caterpillar Inc. as one of its largest clients. It has been at its main Rock Island location, 8301 42nd St. West, for about 20 years and has a second operation about a mile away.
Aldermen approved a Community Development Block Grant economic development loan of $100,000 and an industrial property tax exemption for five years under the pledge that 12 jobs would be created by the company.
With the lease on its main location about to expire in December, Seaberg officials began looking for a site where the company could grow, Kinzer said. Though it was offered for sale, the leased site didn't have room for expansion and no other suitable sites could be found in Rock Island.
"We didn't find a property that was equivalent for space and growth," Kinzer said.
An unfavorable business climate in Illinois wasn't what pushed Seaberg to Iowa, Kinzer said.
"Everywhere I go, people ask that," he said. "Taxes had nothing to do with it. We thought we could lower our cost of operation."
The company wanted to bring its current operations under one roof to lower operating costs, Kinzer said. He expects the company to be moved into the building in Davenport by late October.
Seaberg is purchasing about 50,000 square feet in the former Tri-City Fabricating building, which is subdivided. It will share the building with Quad-City Powder Coating.
In other business, the city council approved the low bid of $4.377 million from Valley Construction, Rock Island, to build a rail spur from the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center to the Canadian Pacific rail line connecting Eldridge and Davenport.