Tag Archives: Tama

It’s a History Mystery in Tama County July 15 – September 27

Iowa has a lot of famous and interesting people who got their start in small rural towns before making it big. But a lot of the people of the past don’t come up in regular café conversation and aren’t mentioned in our school textbooks – a real shame considering how unique and fascinating their lives […]

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Deimco Breaks Ground on Major Manufacturing Expansion

Tama, Iowa (September 30, 2014)—Shi R2 Solutions, Inc., doing business as Deimco Finishing Equipment, today held a ground breaking ceremony for a new 10,800 square foot addition to its current facility.  The new addition will increase Deimco’s ability to simultaneously construct multiple projects. “From window profiles, to bowling pins, to heavy implements, to silicone breast […]

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Tama County Q3 2014 Pitch & Build

On September 9, 2014, Tama County Economic Development hosted the Q3 2014 Pitch & Build competition which showcased Tama County business owners and entrepreneurs and their ideas for new businesses across the county.  We heard about unique specialty shops in Dysart and Gladbrook, and food and drink opportunities in Tama and Toledo. Barb Smith of […]

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Q3 2013 Tama County Pitch & Build

The Tama County Q3 2013 Pitch & Build occurred on August 27, 2013 with presentations on a health food restaurant in Toledo, a curbside recycling business in Tama-Toledo, a new specialty shop in Gladbrook, and a baseball training complex in Tama County.  Updates were made on the Oakridge Motocross Park in rural Garwin and RMA Supply Company […]

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Tama County Pitch & Build

Tama County’s first Pitch & Build contest occurred August 28, 2012, with five concepts for home-grown business ideas or products being presented.  The competition was open to anyone in Tama County to pitch their business idea to a group of peer CEOs, business development experts, and industry professionals.  In return, they had a unique opportunity […]

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King Tower Cafe

King Tower Cafe on Business Route 30 on the eastern edge of Tama has reopened under new management.  Vlaznim “Jimmy” and Lajka Arifi have taken over the restaurant.  The Arifis owned and operated a restaurant in Illinois for nine years before leasing it to another operator earlier this year. The complex was opened in 1937 by Wesley Mansfield, […]

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Historic Preservation Update: Is Tama County one of the most historically rich rural counties of Iowa?

Upon news that Tama County was designated as an Iowa Great Place a Meskwaki Tribal Councilman commented: “We knew this was a great place a long time ago, that is why we bought our first 80 acres in 1857.” The early Tama County Czech and German settlers had a very similar opinion as 288 Tama […]

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