It’s big — 87,000 square feet — and it will mean more permanent jobs in the existing Newton Industrial Park.



It’s big — 87,000 square feet — and it will mean more permanent jobs in the existing Newton Industrial Park.
Future Foam is expanding, adding a new building and new equipment to the Newton plant.
“Since December we have hired five new employees, and we are looking to hire three more pretty quickly,” said Wes Putnam, CEO of the Newton plant. “When we get the looper, we could add 10 to 15 more jobs.”
Future Foam of Newton is moving into a new market. The company plans on installing a “looper,” a machine that makes quilt rolls for the bedding industry.
The national Future Foam company has seen success with making foam and rolls for mattresses, with it’s main plant for the materials in Iowa getting more orders than it could handle.
The company wanted to expand, and Putnam enlisted the help of the Harvey County EDC to woo the corporation. They already owned the land — and own more for future expansion — and Newton appeared to be a good fit.
“It was between us and North Carolina,” Putnam said. “The state and Harvey County EDC worked with us to get it built here.”
Putnam said he has plans for another facility across the street from the current plant at 520 S. Payton — but that’s for another time.
“Right now I just want to get our building done,” Putnam said.
That’s anticipated in September, depending on the weather.
The project has already created, or preserved, job. All the contractors, including those who will build a crane in the new facility, are local — something Putnam is proud of.
“The crane will be built locally,” Putnam said. “The sprinklers, boilers, all of it will be local.”

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