The Centerville Industrial Park has more ground moving — this time to build a new headquarters for RAW Metal Works.

The locally-owned business is moving its existing fabrication business on McCarty Street, south of the Rathbun Area Solid Waste transfer station.

Owner Rodney Williams said he also recently purchased Fire Coast Custom Powdercoating and will be merging it with RAW Metal Works in the new building.

RAW Metal Works is currently located 210th Avenue — locally known as airport road — where they do custom fabrication for a variety of things, including hand railings, signage and more with both smaller and larger projects. They also do custom fabrication for prototypes for other companies, and are currently working on a prototype with the Mayo Clinic, he said.

They currently employ three full-time, including himself, Williams said. The new facility will be 5,200 square foot.

His interest in working with metals started in a high school class. He joined the Army National Guard and served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He completed an apprenticeship program for millwrights and technical engineers in 2009 following his service.

For more information on the company, visit rawmetalworks-ia.com.

The groundbreaking ceremony comes less than a month after dirt started moving for a significant expansion at C&C Machining, as Centerville experiences substantial growth at their industrial park. The only significant land unspoken for is the certified site, which is owned by the Appanoose Industrial Corporation.

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