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Iowa towns showing shift in economic trend

Clarksville, Iowa – An unique economic trend is happening in parts of Northeast Iowa where the smaller mom and pop stores are closing and big box chain stores are taking their place.

Clarksville is one community where this is happening after Tuesday’s groundbreaking with Trinity Rail Service, a railcar manufacturing company.

Mayor Val Swinton says work’s already begun on the plant.


The announcement of the Texas based company is coupled with the construction and opening of a new Dollar General.

Swinton says the addition of Dollar General will help offset the burden on residents once the grocery store closes its doors.


Trinity Rail will add 500 jobs once the plant is fully operational.  Dollar General is offering many household items and food.

He says the retail store will help fill a void.


Dollar General has been open for a week, the grand opening is scheduled for Saturday.  Trinity Rail will begin with 230 jobs before expanding to 500.


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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