Newton, Iowa, finds a way to revitalize itself after Maytag’s departure

21 Sep 2021

Newton, Iowa, is a much different place almost a decade and a half after the city lost its Fortune 500 company.

The central Iowa city has spent the past 14 years reestablishing itself after Maytag, the washing machine manufacturer that at its peak employed more than 3,000 people, left the city in 2007.

Since those days of wondering what it could do, the city has attracted new businesses and is revitalizing its downtown, much as other Iowa cities — Marion and Sioux City, for example — have done.

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