IPI’s largest operation, the Anamosa plant consists of eight individual shops: Custom Wood, Metal Furniture, Filters, Housekeeping & Laundry, Sign, Graphic Arts, License Plates and Braille. Each shop operates independently in terms of budget, sales and profit/loss. IPI's Business Office is also located at IPI's Anamosa office.
- Custom Wood has been producing a variety of wood furniture such as seating, tables and office furniture since it opened 1983. While the shop offers a number of standard furniture items, it specializes in creating custom pieces to meet each customer’s individual needs. CAD offenders produce drawings and renderings of every piece for customer approval. The shop employs between 30 to 50 offenders daily, and sales range from $1 million to $2 million annually.
- The Filters division offers nearly any type of HVAC filter but is best known for its quality pleated filters offered at outstanding pricing. Air Filters were first introduced in 2005. Ten offenders work in the shop daily.
- The Sign Shop is one of Anamosa’s largest shops in terms of sales and offender hours. From MUTCD signs to street markers to vehicle decals, the Sign Shop can meet most customers’ signage needs. A number of specialty products such as banners round out the Sign Shop’s offering. With sales over $3 million per year, the shop employs about 40 offenders receiving over 85,000 hours of training annually.
- From one-color envelopes to full-color catalogs, Graphic Arts is a full-service print shop and can produce nearly any printed piece. The shop employs about 15 offenders that learn skills such as layout, production, preparing files for printing, operating printers and offset presses and bindery. With sales annually of over $500,000, offenders receive about 25,000 hours of offender training annually. The print shop has been in existence since 1918.
- The first License Plate shop was constructed in 1925 to produce number plates for issuance in 1926 and 1927. One of the most vastly changed of the IPI shops; the current License Plate shop is a compact, efficient shop that averages twelve offenders and two IPI staff with sales of $1 million to $2 million annually. The shop produces over 1.2 million license plates annually for the Iowa Department of Transportation.
- Providing warewash and laundry chemicals to institutions and jails across Iowa, the Housekeeping & Laundry division employs five to ten offenders and brings in sales of over $600,000 annually. The original “Soap Shop” opened in Anamosa in 1926.
- The Braille Division at Anamosa transcribes print materials into Braille, reproduces Braille materials already transcribed and produces Braille business cards. Offenders train from six months to over a year to receive certification in Literary Braille, Nemeth Code (For Mathematics), Music Braille and Literary Proofreading by The Library of Congress - National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The shop employs an average of twenty offenders.
- The fifty to sixty offenders employed in the Metal Furniture shop produce a variety of school, office and parks furniture. In existence since the 1950s, the shop teaches skills such as welding, fabrication, and painting. Sales in FY14 reached over $3.5 million, an all-time high for the shop.
For more information on the Anamosa plant, please contact Plant Manager Al Reiter at 319-462-3439 or