The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board has approved awards for two established companies, which will assist in the creation of 134 jobs and result in over $10 million in new capital investment for the state. These projects are located in Burlington and Sioux Center. The board also approved innovation funding in support of two startups including one in Fairfield.
Spanton Dynamics of Fairfield developed the Spanton Board, a power-driven spine board and innovative piece of medical technology. Prompted by a desire to effectively safeguard athletes following a head, spine or other serious injury, the Spanton Board has the potential for broad adoption in other areas of first responder and daily medical applications.
The patent-pending technology enables the transfer of injured individuals to a backboard without substantial movement of the head and neck, which reduces the likelihood of the potential for a secondary injury. The Spanton Board has been documented through multiple research trials to be a far more effective piece of equipment in the loading and securing of an injured person. The company was awarded a $25,000 POCR loan for product refinement, market planning/entry activities and construction costs.