OSKALOOSA, Iowa- Governor Terry Branstad, and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds Wednesday paid a visit to a unique Oskaloosa firm which helps move food in countries around the world.
Cablevey was often mistaken for a cable tv provider when it began back in the 1970's. The company began with a unique idea to move hog feed with a conveyor made of discs being pulled by a cable. That idea has evolved to help serve the food industry.
"They had this vision of this cable disc system for automatic feeding of pigs," said Gary Hall, CEO of Cablevey. His father was one of the company's founders.
The company started serving the swine industry, and before long moved into food areas, such as Corn Nuts, coffee, and they also have gotten into aqua culture farms, providing feed for fish tanks. There was a new type of fish ten years ago called Talapia.
"The problem was you had to introduce it to the consumer it took a long time for Talapia to catch on," said Hall.
The company also serves pheasant farms, alligator farms, and mink farms. 85% of the company business involves food products. "Pretty much every Starbucks plant I think there are 6 roasting plants built the last ten years 80 per cent of their conveyors has been Cablevey.
"We're proud to have a family owned business located here in Oskaloosa that's doing business all over the world," said Governor Branstad. "It's great to come back and see the way this company has prospered and adjusted and changed with the times."
Cablevey does business in 58 countries, and has 47 employees based in Oskaloosa.