It was a full afternoon of special grand opening activities. It started off with facility tours that allowed guests to see everything the new office offers its employees and customers. The official ribbon cutting ceremony had brief speeches by CEO Árni Oddur Thórdarson, Marel Inc. President/General Manager Einar Einarsson, Local Site Manager Matt Bergman and Des Moines City Mayor Frank Cownie. The afternoon was closed out with a social hour that featured local band The Soul Searchers.
The new facility houses a fully functional Innovation Center that enables customers the opportunity to test their own products on the latest state-of-the-art Marel equipment. It is also home to the Research & Development staffs for Skinning and Linker/Peeler groups along with other support teams for both groups.