Diamond Vogel Opens New Innovation Center
On Wednesday (Sept. 13), paint and coatings manufacturer Diamond Vogel celebrated the opening of its new Innovation Center in Orange City, Iowa. According to the company’s emailed press release, the facility is the latest phase of its Building on Success Initiative that began in 2018.
The Innovation Center adds 36,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory and office space, reportedly allowing up to 60 research and development scientists to collaborate on improvements and advancements Diamond Vogel’s paints and coatings.
Ground was broken on the project in October 2021, estimated at the time to cost $15 million.
The manufacturer partnered with the architectural firm CMBA Architects, based in Sioux City, Iowa, to design the project and selected Hoogendoorn Construction from Canton, South Dakota, to manage the project’s construction.
Union Bank from Lincoln, Nebraska, reportedly financed the project, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) partnered with Diamond Vogel on the project as part of the High-Quality Jobs Program.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Diamond Vogel employees and community members were able to take tours of the facility. The ceremony was led by Diamond Vogel’s Chairman of the Board, Drew Vogel, and President and CEO, Jeff Powell.
IEDA Director Debbie Durham, American Coatings Association President and CEO Andy Doyle, and Orange City Administrator Earl Woudstra provided additional remarks at the event.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Diamond Vogel employees and community members were able to take tours of the facility.
“Our company’s first research lab was no bigger than a closet. Now with the Innovation Center, we have a cutting-edge facility able to support our research and development team in Orange City. We are thankful to have a facility that measures up to the people working in it,” said Vogel.
The Innovation Center provides our technical staff with the space and resources to develop innovative and relevant products to meet our customers’ needs and requirements,” stated Powell. “Continued innovation is a requirement for Diamond Vogel’s long-term sustainability and success.”