Located on Fenno Road, south of Hwy 67 (State Street), The Schebler Company employs dozens of workers who have to turn on and off of the busy state highway on their way to and from work every day. Late last year, Jim Anderson, the CEO of The Schebler Company asked for help from Riverdale, Bettendorf and the Iowa DOT to address what he saw as a growing safety concern for his employees and other motorists on the highway.
Friday, Mayor Mike Bawden and Interim City Administrator, Lisa Kotter, met with Mr. Anderson and his team as well as representatives from IDOT, the City of Bettendorf, the Bi-State Planning Commission and the Quad City Chamber of Commerce in an attempt to quantify the issues at hand and discuss possible solutions. As a result, Riverdale will initiate requests with IDOT to conduct an independent study of traffic on that section of State Street and to identify possible traffic control solutions such as lights, barriers or other construction that will help make the intersection safer for motorists.
Riverdale and Bettendorf will also work together to increase enforcement of the speed limit on that section of State Street. Although the limit is set at 55 mph, cars are frequently traveling at higher rates of speed which makes it difficult for drivers attempting to cross traffic to evaluate whether or not it’s safe to venture across lanes of on-coming traffic.
Touring the plant
Following the meeting, Mr. Anderson and Lance McDanel, Vice President at The Schebler Company, gave a personal tour of their manufacturing facilities and offices to Mayor Bawden and Administrator Kotter.
The Schebler Company has been located next to Riverdale since 1990 and has grown to include a large custom fabrication operation in addition to its industrial chimney and HVAC fabrication operations. They aggressively invest in manufacturing technology and training to keep them competitive in the markets in which they operate. Products manufactured at their Bettendorf location are shipped to customers throughout the US and some international destinations.
According to material provided by the company:
Schebler has a reputation for exceptional workmanship and a relentless pursuit of customer satisfaction, which sets them apart from their competition. Each of their products and services offer a unique value proposition through product design, delivery period, customer support, engineering, quality and/or manufacturing capabilities. Whether delivering a product or a service, Schebler strives to provide individualized solutions that meet the specific needs of their customers.
Riverdale is proud to have The Schebler Company as a good neighbor and looks forward to an on-going, mutually beneficial relationship in the coming years.