Governor Pritzker signed the energy bill into law on September 15. The GEDC and Grundy Chamber of Commerce were proud to sponsor the #SavedDresden community celebration. A great time was had by all. Legislators, organized labor, and engaged residents were all on hand for celebratory high fives. A special thanks goes out to Dr. Kent Bugg, Coal City School District, and Christina Van Yperen, Grundy County Chamber, that helped lead the local coalition. Thank you to our local legislators, Senator Rezin, Senator Joyce, Representative Welter, and Representative Haas. Lastly, thanks to all of you for filing witness slips, attending rallies, putting up signs, and so much more. It made a difference. We Did It!
2021 Retention Program
Over the next couple of months, the GEDC will conduct our biannual retention visits with local business and industry. ComEd will again serve as our strategic partner and sponsor of the business retention program, which works to retain jobs and investments in our communities. Our office will begin reaching out to local businesses in the next couple of weeks to schedule appointments.
We sincerely appreciate your participation in these confidential visits. The important feedback provided through the visits directly impacts the priorities and initiatives of the GEDC, while giving community leaders better insight into the business climate of the county.
Prospects and Project Updates
The GEDC office is busy with new and ongoing projects. Despite the supply chain disruptions, the industrial market remains strong.
Project Birdcage - A company looking to build a new advanced manufacturing and warehousing facility. A virtual site visit has been completed.
Project Snowpiercer - An international supplier in the electric vehicle battery industry is seeking a manufacturing facility. An in-person site visit has been completed.
Costco is constructing a 1 million sq. ft. building just north of the current meat facility in Morris. They began construction earlier this summer and the project is moving quickly.
Ridgeline Property Group is proposing a 1.1 MSF spec building in Minooka adjacent to Trader Joe’s. If it moves forward, this would be the first spec building in Grundy since the Grainger building.
Love’s Travel Center closed on property at the corner of Rt. 6 and Brisbin Road in Morris. Also at the interchange, 500+ acres are being withdrawn from Grundy County’s EDPA and being put into a City of Morris TIF. Multiple projects are under consideration in the region.
Airgas is moving forward in Coal City along the UP railroad. The product is coming up from the gulf coast and will be distributed to the region via truck.
Procter & Gamble is going up fast on N. Rt 47. The company is expected to take occupancy Q4 2021 with the hopes of shipping product in Q3 2022. There is considerable automation and technology being planned.
Walmart purchased property in Minooka and is annexing additional property. Construction is being discussed, but nothing is finalized.
Congratulations Site Selection magazine named ComEd to its annual list of Top 20 utilities in economic development. Selected from more than 3,300 electric companies across the country, ComEd is ranked among the top one percent of all utilities in attracting new businesses, jobs and investment.
Well Done Congratulations to GEDC board member Gideon Blustein for his promotion to Senior Director of Local Government & External Affairs for the Illinois Realtors. Best wishes in your new position.
Covid-19 Vaccination efforts continue through the Grundy County Health Department and local retail pharmacies. Appointments for Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson are available each week through the Grundy County Health Department. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 815.941.3404.