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HFM expansion looks to more growth

By Staff | Oct 27, 2014

JOHN HENRY, an integrated technologies specialist for Hertz Farm Management in Nevada shows visitors the server room that connects all 16 of the company’s offices in four states. Listening are, from left, Liz Hertz, Randy Hertz, both of Nevada; Karen Jacobson, of Story City; and Tom Macklin, of Des Moines.

NEVADA – Hertz Farm Management Inc. now has elbow room for the 46 staffers who work there – with room for more growth.

A steady stream of visitors poured through the doors of the expanded headquarters in Nevada Saturday, as the company held an open house.

Chris Smith, a licensed real estate salesman for Hertz, said the project added 12,000 square feet to the office spaces to give more “elbow room” for nine farm managers, eight real estate salesmen, five appraisers, seven accountants and eight employees in corporate services.

It also allows for 30 percent more future growth, he said.

Smith said as business volume has grown – Hertz 2,400 farms, consisting of 550,000 acres in 10 states – office staffers were “sitting on top of each other.”

VISITORS TO SATURDAY’S open house at the Nevada office of Hertz Farm Management services look through old records and photo albums on tables that hold former technology used by the company since it was founded in 1946.

He said the expanded spaces give employees a sense of well-being and keeps morale high.

The building was configured with energy conservation in mind, including geothermal heating and cooling, and motion detection lighting.

Excess heat in one area of the campus can be transferred to another that is cooler, keeping an even temperature throughout the spaces.

The geothermal pump system operates off 44 wells, each 200 feet deep moving glycol through pipes to 17 units within the old and new buildings.

The server room, which connects data services to all 16 locations, has a separate air handling system.

HERTZ FARM MANAGEMENT INC. offices at 415 South 11th St., Nevada, have undergone an expansion and remodeling project. The company held an open house Saturday.

The lower portion of the building houses integrated services, a classroom space for seminars and presentations and a new break room with kitchen facilities.

It can also function as a tornado shelter, said John Henry, an integrated technology specialist.

Hertz was founded in 1946 by Carl F. Hertz with its office in downtown Nevada. It built a new facility at 415 South 11th St. and moved into it in 1977.

At that time it was constructed for 21 employees. The staff size bulged to 46 today, requiring the expansion.

HFM has 121 total employees in 16 offices in Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana.

The company’s services includes professional farm management, appraisals and real estate sales.

Its Iowa sites are in Nevada, Humboldt, Mason City, Mount Vernon, New Market and Oakland.

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