Exterior of J.W. Witmer & Company Insurance with personnel posing in front. Insurance has been a major industry In Iowa since the early 1800s. Des Moines, Iowa. ca.1885.

Business & Industry

Food for your cat or dog.
Breakfast snacks.
Aircraft flight controls.
Internet data centers.
Construction machinery.

People all over the world use these Iowa products and services. 

Since early times Iowans have been involved in business and industry—the buying, selling and producing of goods and services. When people from Europe came to the land that became Iowa, native people sold them goods and services. The European settlers made some of their own products. Farms were established and factories were built. People from all over the world have come to Iowa to work in different industries.

Iowa's businesses and industries have changed over time. From grist mills and button factories to Global Positioning Systems and insurance services, discover how Iowa workers have adapted to new ideas. 

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As part of a global economy, Iowa products and services are used throughout the nation and the world. Choose a topic above to explore more about Iowa's business and industry.

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