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General Manufacturing Co.

Des Moines

Site Information

Just west of the Des Moines International Airport grounds, the General Manufacturing Co. property spans 192.27 acres at 5725 Southwest 56th Street in Des Moines. The land is primarily zoned as EX District, ideal for a mixture of light industrial and heavier commercial use and able to accommodate higher levels of vehicle traffic, as well as mid-employment use like office, low intensity industrial and office-related warehousing. A short five-minute drive from the property provides access to the four-lane Highway 5 and Interstate 35. 

Water, sewer and electrical hookups are all ready-to-go at the site. Potential incentives for consideration with development of the property include tax abatement and Tax Increment Financing (TIF). Additionally, MidAmerican Energy Company offers rebates for commercial projects. 

Site at a Glance

Site Name: General Manufacturing Co.

Location: Des Moines

Site Size: 0-50 acres

Zoning: PUD

Site Designation: DSM RFI Ready

Water Infrastructure: Yes

Wastewater Infrastructure: Yes

Electric Infrastructure: Yes

Natural Gas Infrastructure: No

Transportation Infrastructure: Distance to 4-Lane Highway: 1.2 miles
Distance to Interstate: 8.7 miles
Nearest Major Air Hub + Travel Time: Des Moines International Airport (Travel Time: 5 minutes)


Greater Des Moines (DSM) is where affordability leads to higher profitability for business and industry. DSM boasts a cost of doing business 12% lower and energy costs 22% lower than the national average, according to Moody’s Analytics. Additionally, DSM is home to an efficient, capable workforce. With a 71.3% labor force participation rate, and 39.6% with a bachelor’s degree or higher (JobsEQ), you’ll find the talent you need to meet and exceed company objectives.  

About DSM RFI Ready  

DSM RFI Ready sites meet rigorous documentation requirements and have been evaluated by economic development practitioners to ensure site selection consultants and corporate real estate executives can readily access the data needed to drive decisions.

Do Something Greater Here 

Big things are happening in Greater Des Moines (DSM) and your business can be part of it. Reach out to Alex Lynch, Economic Development Project Director, to access the full data for this site and start a conversation today.