Meskwaki Inc. hopes to hit jackpot with vape liquid, distribution business – The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

Tribe pursuing new revenue stream apart from gaming Oct 13, 2017 at 7:00 am | Print View

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT — The Meskwaki Inc. warehouse in Tama County is a tight fit.

At just 3,000-square-feet, the storage space on the Meskwaki Settlement west of Tama is packed with products the company plans to sell: barbecue sauce, blankets made by Meskwaki tribe members, wild rice, Lakota popcorn, chairs, tobacco products and bottles of liquid used in electronic cigarettes.

More is on its way.

“Literally, we would not be able to put everything into this warehouse that we have on order today,” said Mark Hubble, the CEO of Meskwaki Inc.

To relieve the pressure and expand, the tribal-owned company has invested about $3 million to construct a new 30,000-square-foot warehouse and manufacturing space just steps away.

When complete, the new warehouse will mark a key development as Meskwaki Inc. works to up its revenues and provide an alternative to gaming revenue for the Meskwaki tribe. The warehouse also will let the company take a stab at the multibillion-dollar industry that supplies e-juice,

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