Midwest Precast Concrete & the Blue Bird Facility

Last year the team at MPC acquired the former Blue Bird Midwest bus facility located in Mount Pleasant. Read more about it from an article written by the Mount Pleasant & Henry County Area Development Commission.

View the original article on the Grow Mount Pleasant Iowa website.

MOUNT PLEASANT—MPC Enterprises announced in June the acquisition of the former Blue Bird Midwest bus facility in Mount Pleasant from Warehouse Specialists Inc. The purchase will enable MPC Enterprises, which does business as Midwest Precast Concrete, to increase its production capacity while also providing a new warehousing solution for Mount Pleasant businesses. MPC Enterprises will occupy the office area and approximately 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The company is actively seeking tenants for the remaining space, which is perfectly suited for warehousing or assembly operations. MPC Enterprises can also offer outdoor storage solutions in its expansive fenced yard. Parties interested in leasing warehouse space can contact Seth Watson, MPC Enterprises Controller, at 319.986.2226.

“Midwest Precast Concrete is committed to providing the highest quality precast concrete wall panels and other products on the market,” said Jeff Moehle (MAY-lee), President of MPC Enterprises. “This addition will greatly increase our inside production and outside storage space, which will improve our capacity and flexibility in scheduling.”

Founded in 2005, Midwest Precast Concrete employs 70 people at a production facility at 2001 West Washington Street, Mount Pleasant, a location that was previously part of the Blue Bird facility. MPC Enterprises has rented a portion of the Blue Bird building since 2009. The acquisition includes the 220,000 square-foot main building, multiple outbuildings, and the 60-acre fenced lot.

“The former Blue Bird plant is a landmark for Mount Pleasant and southeast Iowa and we are very happy to have it in the hands of a dynamic and growing business like MPC Enterprises,” said Kiley Miller, Executive Vice President of the Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission.

MPC Enterprises has already begun to address maintenance needs at the site, Miller said.

Blue Bird Midwest assembled bus bodies at the location from 1962 until 2002. The plant subsequently was owned by Riverside Paper Corp. and Pacon Corp. Since 2007, Warehouse Specialists Inc. of Appleton, Wisc. has been responsible for maintaining and marketing the property.

“Mount Pleasant has become an attractive logistics solution thanks to our two four-lane highways,” Moehle said. “We’ve spoken with area business leaders and we know there is a demand in town for additional warehousing.”

Moehle thanked the Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission and the City of Mount Pleasant for their partnership with MPC Enterprises.

“It was the effort of the city and the development commission that first brought us to town,” he said, “and they have been working very hard to assist in this property acquisition and to help our company grow.”

Our community is extremely pleased with the quality of our new addition. The precast walls have complemented our original section providing a seamless transition by accurately matching the original brickwork. When comparing labor costs, construction time and energy efficiencies our taxpayers are pleased with our decision.

-James M. Hermes

Superintendent

Spring Valley Community Consolidated School District #99