The Emerson Innovation Center opened last week marking a $30 million investment in Marshalltown and a grand entrance to downtown.
Prior to the construction of the Fisher Flow Lab, the building had been a production facility with an exterior appearance of a warehouse. An abandoned feed manufacturing facility, Arbie Feed Company, that was located just south of the Fisher facility had an aging elevator with siding falling off - the first thing to greet visitors to the downtown area.
Demolishing the elevator was the first step in improving the downtown gateway, and now, spanning a city block, is the beautifully designed Emerson Innovation Center that the community of Marshalltown can be proud of.
Beyond aesthetics, the building houses the world's largest flow lab. This state-of-the-art facility tests technology used in nuclear and other types of power plants.
The 136,000-square-foot Emerson Innovation Center is designed to help companies deliver record volumes of natural gas and other forms of energy and consume less in the process, reducing costs and making plants run quieter and with reduced greenhouse emissions. The company's Fisher valves are used in 90 percent of the world's nuclear facilities.
We applaud Emerson for its continued investment in Marshalltown and support them as they move forward with this new venture.
Moreover, we thank Emerson for a beautiful view and a sense of pride as we cross the Center Street Viaduct and enter downtown Marshalltown.