Fayette County Business Spotlight!

Goerend Transmission, Inc.

Fayette County Business Spotlight!

From St. Lucas, Iowa - to the world! Located on Main Street in St. Lucas (population 143) you'll find Goerend Transmission, a family business that has been evolving to meet customer needs since 1947. The business was founded by Ed Goerend and operated as a small repair shop, doing anything and everything from overhauling carburetors to rebuilding injection pumps.  Goerend Transmission now manufactures torque converters and parts using specialty precision ATI and Mazak equipment, 2 SuperFlow Transmission Dynos, several CNC machines and other specialized equipment for manufacturing and testing. The business is currently owned and operated by Ed's son, Dave Goerend and his wife Darla, with the support of about 13 employees.  Commenting on the company's growth, Dave Goerend notes that "the monthly payroll is more than what we grossed in the first few years!" Darla is quick to add that they couldn't do what they do without the great staff and the fine-tune system that has developed.  The staff also enjoys working with the Goerend's and mention the family-like atmosphere as well as the opportunity to talk to, and work for customers from all over the globe as some of the best aspects of the job.

In addition to Dave's patented torque converters, Goerend Transmission also manufactures several parts form Allison and Dodge diesel transmissions. Dave has designed and patened an improved transmission pan for Dodge, Chevy and Ford diesels. As Darla puts it, "When Dave doesn't like the quality of a part, he designs a better one." Dave currently holds five patents with two to three more pending. Goerend's parts are shipped to customers in all 50 states and several other countries, including as far away as Sweden and Guam!

One can open any industry magazine and find a story where one of the Goerend's products or dealers are mentioned. Goerend Transmission isn't hard to find if you can find St. Lucas, but a trip to their website is easy for more information on this local business. Don't worry of you can't make it to St. Lucas -- less than 1% of their customers have ever been by the shop!

Welcome to Fayette County!

Welcome to Fayette County!

Fayette County ranks 13th in the midwest as a "Best Place to Live". Fayette County covers 720 square miles of prairie, farmland and scenic bluffs. This is a great place to build any business. We're convenient to transportation and wireless communication and there's a choice of five industrial parks - some 175 acres groomed for business growth. You and your employees will enjoy a great standard of living in Fayette County. Our school systems are great which is indicated by the fact that 83 percent of our graduates are college bound. Our beautiful parks and array of outdoor recreational activities is endless. Come see how fantastic Fayette County is!

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FCCF Grants Workshop is September 25

Posted: Wed, September 10, 2014
The Fayette County Community Foundation (FCCF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, is announcing the application deadline for all 2014 grants will be midnight (CST) on Nov. 15, 2014, with grant awards to be announced in March. Grants are awarded to projects in the following areas: arts and culture; community betterment; education; environmental education and protection; health; historic preservation; and human services. Grant applications must be a 501(c)(3) designated organization (or government entity) serving Fayette County in order to be considered for funding.

Completed applications must be submitted online no later than November 15th to be considered for fall funding.  All applications and required attachments must be submitted online. The grant application may be found at www.fayetteccf.org after September 15.

To address potential questions or concerns regarding the online application process, a training session for grant applicants will be held September 25th at 6:30 p.m. at the Fayette Community Library (104 W State Street) in Fayette. Organizations in attendance will be entered into a drawing for a $250 mini-grant from the Fayette County Community Foundation.
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2014 Tourism Membership Drive

Posted: Sun, March 16, 2014
Fayette County Tourism encourages you to become a member during our 2014 Membership Drive!

Membership helps support Fayette County Tourism with publication of the annual Calendar or Events and the promotion of Fayette County in numerous publications and media outlets. This years major projects include updating the Fayette County Live, Work & Play magazine and the Fayette County Barn Quilt publication along with continued marketing of Fayette County.

Benefits of membership include quarterly newsletters, 2014 Calendar of Events, Fayette County Tourism window cling, invitations to monthly tourism council meetings, and promotion of your community or business on our website, Facebook page and business directories.

The cost of memberships for the 2014 year are:

$65 for City/Community
$45 for Business/Non-Profit
$25 for Individual/Family

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