HiPer Ceramics honored with Iowa Venture Award

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8 Dec 2023

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HiPer Ceramics Recognized with Prestigious Iowa Venture Award
Recognizing Entrepreneurial Spirit and Community Investment


Des Moines, IA - December 7, 2023

The Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), in collaboration with its Rural Electric Cooperative partners, proudly honored six growing Iowa companies with the Iowa Venture Award at a luncheon held in conjunction with the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting.

One of the honorees of this legacy award is HiPer Ceramics, nominated by Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative.

In 2018, Ann Kathryn Hoffmeister launched HiPer Ceramics, a strategic addition to the Hoffmeister family's array of businesses, including HiPer Ceramics GmbH, HiPer Medical AG, and Zellwerk GmbH, owned by her husband, Dr. Hans Hoffmeister. Operating since 2019 from a state-of-the-art 16,800 sq ft facility in Spirit Lake, the company specializes in crafting high-performance ceramic material for advanced industrial components and endoprosthetic hip implants.

With Iowa's conducive business environment and electric power reliability, HiPer Ceramics employs high automation in material manufacturing. Recently integrating a state-of-the-art shuttle kiln, the company produces the high-quality, reliable product necessary to support its precision medical and industrial applications. Teaming up with the German HiPer-Group partners, their focus is on cost-effective products that deliver exceptional clinical performance and safety.

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative has been an instrumental partner for HiPer Ceramics, as reliable and affordable power is imperative in the high-performance ceramic manufacturing process.

“HiPer Ceramics' commitment to innovation, coupled with Iowa's supportive business environment, has created a successful synergy,” said IADG President/CEO Bruce Nuzum. “The integration of cutting-edge technology, like the state-of-the-art shuttle kiln, showcases their dedication to producing high-quality, reliable products and highlights their significant contributions to precision medical and industrial advancements."

Additional Iowa Venture Award recipients include:
Centro, Incorporated – Hampton
Ihle Fabrications, LLC – Rural Polk City
M3 Fabrication, LLC - Bloomfield
Post Equipment Company, LLC – Rock Valley
Cold-Link Logistics, Sioux City - Outstanding Business of the Year


About the Iowa Venture Award:

This year marks the 35th year that IADG has presented Iowa Venture Awards to individuals and organizations, both large and small, in recognition of their significant contributions to Iowa's economy through entrepreneurial leadership, innovation, and the creation of job opportunities. The Iowa Venture Award Hall of Fame, showcasing these 293 companies, can be found at www.IADG.com/HallOfFame.

About Iowa Area Development Group (IADG):

IADG is the business and community development leader for Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, and independent telecommunication companies. Since 1985, the partnerships and economic development efforts of IADG and their sponsors have assisted with more than 2,450 projects, generating over $13.9 billion of capital investment and over 57,500 new or retained jobs for Iowa.

Photo Caption: (left to right) Brittany Dickey, Corn Belt Power; Jen Sievert, ILEC; Jerry Beck, Board Chair, ILEC; Mike Naig, Iowa Sec. of Agriculture; Bruce Nuzum, President/CEO, IADG; Torben Baumann, Production Manager, HiPer Ceramics; Ryan Craig, President/CEO, ILEC; Jed Skogerboe, ILEC; Jeremy Madden, ILEC; and Curt Strouth, Iowa Lakes Corridor Dev. Corporation