Lee Container Announces New Day Care Facility in Centerville, Iowa

Lee Container President Robert Varnedoe announced today that a former elementary school building in Centerville will be converted into a day care facility to serve the families of Lee Container employees, as well as Centerville area families. The day care center will be staffed and operated by Kurious Kids, a Centerville day care operator.

Centerville’s School Board Superintendent, Tom Rubel, announced that the School Board has accepted an offer by a Lee Container affiliated company to purchase Garfield Elementary School.   “I think having a good facility for children, run by a viable company in our community that employs a lot of people … I think is a good partnership for the school,” said Rubel. “I think there’s a potential here for us to do something good for community and kids.”

Robert Varnedoe said that Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds was instrumental in the decision to move forward with the Day Care Center. “It was her encouraging words a couple years ago at the governor’s deer hunt that helped us make the decision to open a day care center,” he said.

“Child care can be a major hurdle for working parents,” Gov. Reynolds said. “Lee Container is taking a proactive step to help dads and moms be present, productive employees.

“This is also an innovative way for the company address the challenge of recruiting and retaining a reliable workforce,” she said. “I am proud to support Lee Container’s commitment to not only its employees, but also their families.”

Governor Kim Reynolds plans to come to Centerville on October 31st for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Day Care Center, which is expected to begin operations in early November.