Jon Kallen, spokesperson for Chamness Biodegradables, tells Radio Iowa that Iowa’s “business climate” is the main factor in the company’s decision. “This company uses a lot of energy to make the products and we’re paying about 21-cents a kilowatt hour for electricity in Southern California. We’ll probably pay around 6-to-7-cents a kilowatt hour in Ankeny.”
The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board also provided Chamness with $140,000 in direct financial assistance and tax benefits.
Chamness Biodegradables products include serve ware, bakeware, six-pack beer ring holders, and test tube holders made from starch, coffee grinds, and brewery waste.