Sully Telephone IMPACT AwardAureon, the new name for Iowa Network Services (INS), has named Sully Telephone Association as the recipient of the 2016 Ripple Effect IMPACT Award. This award recognizes economic development leadership and investment in the community and was awarded to Sully Telephone for its assistance with a USDA pass-through loan and a DOT RISE Grant for Sully’s street improvements. These improvements were instrumental in helping facilitate Janco Industries’ expansion into the Sully Business Park in September 2015.

Janco, a company specializing in metal fabrication, has grown from a company of 15 people as recently as 2010, into a team of 51 serving industries including agriculture, construction, and recreation. Prior to its expansion into a new 75,000-square-foot building in Sully, Janco had split its operations and staff between two facilities – Handy Industries in Marshalltown and Janco Industries in a much smaller facility in Sully.

To bring together Janco’s two locations into one new facility in Sully, the infrastructure had to be in place to accommodate such a move – namely, utilities and road construction necessary to support a larger facility and increased truck traffic.

“We understood the impact the Janco expansion would have on the city of Sully,” said Jack DeAngelo, general manager of Sully Telephone Association. “We had the ability to assist in the major funding required for this project and knew that in order to retain business and attract new expansions such as Janco, we needed to make sure the infrastructure was in place to make Sully an attractive and feasible option.”

“To see everything and everyone come together was very rewarding. The whole community worked together to create this, and now the foundation has been laid for future expansion,” said Joel Jansen, owner of Janco.

“We are honored to receive the IMPACT Award,” continued DeAngelo. “Programs like Ripple Effect are important tools for rural communities to attract businesses, create jobs, and spur economic growth. To do that, we must provide all the infrastructure amenities of a metro area on a rural budget, and that takes the vision, creativity, and teamwork from the entire community.”