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Company Creates More Jobs With New Davenport Factory

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Genesis Systems Group has completed a $4.6 million expansion with a brand new factory that is creating jobs. Officials say the 61,000 square foot facility is set up for speedy delivery. By cutting out the middleman, and now manufacturing more pieces and parts from within, they say they'll be able to do what used to take five weeks in just one, with the help of machinery and people.

Genesis specializes in making parts that manufacturers across the world use in their operations.

"We make things that make things," employee Harlan Neumann said.

"Anything that has formed metal and formed materials, we serve," CEO Joe Lorentzen said. "We want to be the fastest in the world."

Although robots are involved, people are the backbone of the company. 35 employees work at the new factory, and about half were recently hired. Lorentzen says there will be even more jobs with time.

"We're going to hire to satisfy our new business as we're achieving it," he said.

Alderman Barney Barnhill says the expansion is good for the local economy.

"We've had 120 ribbon cuttings this past year, and that's huge," he said. "When we have corporations and businesses that are willing to do that, and even little ma and pa type of things, it's showing that Davenport is the place to do business."

The exact number of projected, added jobs is unknown. Right now, Genesis employs almost 170 people in total, 75% of which are from the Quad Cities Area.

"The Quad Cities is a great host community for us, and for companies like us, and it's because of the basic raw material of the people that are here," Lorentzen said.

Neumann has worked for Genesis since 1990. Although he falls in the minority group of people hired in from out of state, he says there are plenty of qualified people from the Quad Cities to take on the various jobs.

"The majority of our technician pool and manufacturing personnel are from the Quad Cities Area," he said.

However, he says engineering positions are more difficult to fill locally.

"We tend to advertise our positions even in the Detroit area for instance where there are a lot of robotic engineers," he said.

Still, he says the company looks for personalities more than skill sets.

"We want people to have that Midwestern attitude," he said.

Officials from the Quad Cities Chamber say the expansion has a $6.6 million annual impact on the Quad Cities economy.

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