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Gazette (Newspaper) - January 6, 2005, Cedar Rapids, Iowa AN EDITION OF GAZETTE COMMUNICATIONS B 2005 121 363 THURSDAY 2005 AN INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER IN IOWAS TECHNOLOGY CORRIDOR 50 CENTS Maytag unit plans expansion Tax credit sought for major 200 new jobs at Amana Refrigeration By George Ford The Gazette MIDDLE AMANA May tag Amana Refrigera tion Products division is seeking a state investment tax credit in connection with a proposed expansion that would create 200 Supervisors on Wednesday approved signing an applica tion on behalf of Amana Re frigeration Products for assis tance from the states New Capital Investment The resolution authorizing the state application received unanimous The Iowa County Board of The Iowa Department of Economic Development Board will consider the state appli cation when it meets Amana Refrigeration Prod ucts reportedly plans to in vest million in machin ery and equipment to produce a new product line at the Middle Amana The state application reportedly says the company expects to retain 360 regular positions and 150 seasonal temporary as well as creating 200 While the amount of the investment tax credit sought by Amana Re frigeration Products is not a typical credit would be 10 percent of the total capital or about Amana Refrigeration Prod ucts officials referred inqui ries to Maytag headquarters in Phone calls seek ing comment were not re turned A threeyear labor agree ment approved in September by members of International Association of Machinists Lo cal 1526 would allow Amana Refrigeration Products to move to a 24hour manufac turing Contact the writer 319 3988366 or george.ford@gazettecommunications.com Ataana Refrigeration Products division Location Middle Amana Founded 1934 as The Electrical Equipment Employs including bargaining unit workers Products Refrigerators and commercial food service microwaves Owner Maytag Newton acquired in August 2001 WEATHER Loads of ivork and loads of fun thanks to Loads of snow Gazette Hailey Clark from of gives friends Jared of Laura of Cedar and Brett of Marion a push down the sledding hill behind Bowman Woods Elementary School in Cedar Rapids on Most districts in Eastern Iowa canceled school because of Many students made the most of their snow day by sledding or snowboardmg through the fresh Snowfall Cities wrestle with big accumulations cancellations Inches as of 9 last night Cedar downtown Iowa Mount Source KCRGTV9 Inside More photos on 4D A snowplow riders view of the IB How businesses handle snow 3B Youths concentrate on 4D By Steve Gravelle The Gazette Lots of plowing went on across Eastern Iowa on Also shoveling and pushing as in stalled vehicles and some But it was It seemed like a lot of people stayed said Iowa State Patrol Bob A lot of people I think are hunkering By 3 the first stage of an expected twoday storm had dropped an estimated 5 inches of snow at The Eastern Iowa where the National Weather Service records Cedar Rapids official and 7 inches hi KCRGTV9 reported inches in downtown Cedar Rapids by 9 Despite that relatively modest initial forecasters were sticking to then predictions of 7 more inches Its not over said Dan David Gazette Rita Grapes of Cedar Rapids wipes snow off her car along Fifth Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids on Snow is to end weather service meteorologist in Its going to continue through the PAGE 7A For uptcxlate list of go to Flight information For information on flights from The Eastern Iowa check the airports Web or call 319 3628336 or Gazette delivery Delivery of The Gazette is expected to be delayed this morning because of the PAROLE BOARD Baby Chelsea mom granted work release Plum has served 3 years dn prison for death of newborn By Rod Boshart and Elizabeth Kutter The Gazette DES MOINES Snow prevented Nicole Plums family from attending her parole hearing in Des Moines on ut it didnt prevent them from celebrating its The parole board voted Wednesday to let Plum out of where shes served almost three years in connection with the death of Baby Plum must spend four months in a halfway house on work If she succeeds she will be placed on parole and free to live on her Today is Christmas to said Plums jubilant Karol Home of now was sent to prison for the December 2000 death of her newborn PAGE 7A Iowa Communications Network Nicole Plum who was convicted in connection with the death of Baby sits with her counselor at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville on Wednesday during a parole board interview conducted over closedcircuit The meeting in Des decided to let Plum out of LAW ENFORCEMENT Linn leads state in meth lab busts By Christoph Trappe The Gazette Linn County is 1 in the state in the number of methamphetamine labs found last Law enforcement seized 120 meth labs in the county in Thats more than any of Iowas 99 We are taking a more aggressive ap Linn County Sheriff Don Zeller A big reason they jumped is we are identify ing more of Polk where Des Moines is reported 111 labs seized last Johnson home to Iowa reported 31 PAGE 7A LIVE LIKE A KING Iowa musicians plan to honor Elvis Presley with a benefit concert Saturday in Iowa Weekend To subscribe 3078333 TODAY GAZETT NEWS Cedar Rapids 319 3988254 Iowa City 319 3393155 Iowa H800 3978212 PODCASTING Now you can look on the Web to download special radio programs to enjoy on your MP3 1E SPIES LIKE US A former CIA agent takes a look at how some of the top spy shows on TV compare with the real 2E TOMORROW Femininity can often suffer when we encourage modern gals to get Accent 5F 7F 1213W 45A 2B 34E 5B 8F 8F 3E Community D Horoscope 4F 2F Snow ends early TODAY FRIDAY 19 12 26 9 8F