Branstad visits Noteboom
SIBLEY, Iowa — The wait is finally over.
Noteboom Implement held its grand opening with great fanfare Thursday at its new 30,000-square-foot facility in Sibley, just off of Highway 60. The well-attended event featured speeches by store manager Bob Schlesser, owner Dan Noteboom, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the opening, and a celebration featuring entertainment, food and children’s activities rounded out the list of festivities.
Schlesser offered the opening remarks.
“I came to Sibley about eight years ago to join the John Deere dealership here,” Schlesser said.
“(I joined) a vision of bringing a new facility to town, and we got ‘er done,” Schlesser continued.
Noteboom noted what common characteristics his family business shares with Iowans.
“We share a common thread knowing the importance of small towns, agriculture and family values regardless of the size of the operation, whether it be mowing your lawn for the lawn mower parts or services or for the farmer that’s farming thousands of acres,” Noteboom offered.
“Our organization, the Noteboom organization, wants to be there to help you and support you.”
Northey explained that Iowa produces more corn and soybeans than nearly every country in the world on an annual basis.
Businesses like Noteboom Implement are an important part of agricultural production, he added.
“It (agriculture) happens one family at a time, one farm at a time, one dealership at a time, one combine at a time,” Northey said. “How do we get the kinds of yields we are all excited about? It’s all of the technology that our farmers ask for and our companies provide us.”
Northey added that Iowa’s economy is closely tied to agriculture and applauded Noteboom for creating jobs that will draw people back to the state.
Branstad congratulated Noteboom Implement and everyone involved in the opening before the ribbon cutting ceremony.
“Congratulations. This is a wonderful facility. It’s a great investment that you’ve made here in Sibley and Osceola County. It’s great that you can see the kind of support you’ve got from your customers and the community,” Branstad said.
Noteboom Implement employs nearly 200 people across a tri-state region of dealerships.