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Alliant closes Tama operating department

Building Is For Sale

September 13, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

What was once the site of the local electric power plant, then replaced by a new building housing the Iowa Electric Light and Power and now Alliant Energy operating departments closed on Aug. 19.

Mike Wagner, Alliant Energy spokesperson in Cedar Rapids, told The News-Herald the seven line or natural gas employees now are assigned to the Marshalltown location. However, he said two employees live in this area and drive their service trucks home at night to allow for quicker response if needed. One is also a combination electric and gas service person.

"Company needs change - needs shift," Wagner said in addressing the move. He said the closing is viewed as a "cost effective way" to serve Alliant customers.

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The Alliant Energy operating department closed in Tama on Aug. 19 with the seven employees here transferred to Marshalltown. The site is on North McClellan Street in Tama near Tama-Toledo city limit lines. It was built on the site of the old Iowa Railway and Light Company generating plant.

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The existing property includes the 14,290 sq. ft. building according to the Tama County Assessor's Office and surrounding ground.

It's for sale, Wagner said on Tuesday although he had no details yet on price or if any plans were already in place.

The Iowa Electric operating department worked out of a building at the corner of North County Road (U.S. Highway 63) and West High Street in Toledo, now the site of the Toledo Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service prior to the construction of the North McClellan Street building in Tama.



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