Kankakee County changing into service destination

The view of Kankakee County as a place to do business only continues to grow as another big commercial expansion has actually been revealed here.The $180-million addition

to the Nucor Corp. steel plant and the more than 500 acres it owns in Bourbonnais is the most current example of a business wishing to grow its service in the Kankakee River Valley.It is becoming more obvious that the area has transformed itself from the Rust Belt days of the 1980s and a late night talk show joke from the 1990s to among company opportunity today." Momentum is a big offer. We have actually seen it work the other way and we are now seeing

it operate in a favorable direction,"stated area developer Jeff Bennett."Clearly individuals from beyond Kankakee County think favorably of Kankakee County and so do I."Bennett said there are lots of-- he believes a large majority-- who see the area as one of opportunity."

So frequently we remain in the forest and battle to see exactly what is here. But when I travel outside the region-- business

, service individuals-- see the chance here."Bennett stated individuals require look no more than CSL Behring. The company developed a$240-million, seven-story addition and prior to the job was even total,

purchased another surrounding 74 acres-- the previous Bunge Oil website-- for future expansion.The place near the corner of Illinois Route 50 and Armour Roadway in Bourbonnais Township will likely be a 138-acre pharmaceutical campus.The CSL place is within strolling range of the new 193,000-square-foot Meijer store along Route 50 and just a short drive from Nucor Steel."This area has a lot to use,"stated Tricia Stewart, CSL's senior vice president and plant manager.

"We have wonderful schools and universities in the area that are feeders for future talent. At CSL Behring, we benefit from that.

"While CSL and Nucor are the cherries on top of the advancement sundae, they are by no implies the only examples. - FutureCeuticals, Momence-- Finishing a$2-million, 14,700-square-foot growth onto its Illinois Path 1 office complex. - Army National Guard and Preparedness Center, Kankakee-- Simply opened a new$53.3-million, 185,200-square-foot complex along Airport Road.

- Aqua Illinois, Kankakee-- Nearing conclusion on $16.3-million growth to the water treatment plant along Cobb Boulevard. - Interstate 57

's Exit 318 interchange, Bourbonnais-- Less than one year from conclusion on a brand-new $46.2-million interchange at Bourbonnais Parkway. The location opens

into roughly 1,000 acres targeted for commercial development. - Pilot Hill Wind Farm, Herscher-- The 103-turbine, 14,700-acre wind farm offers power

to Microsoft.Kankakee County workforce has actually reflected service growth. Inning accordance with the Illinois Department of Work Security, there were 1,000 more individuals utilized in September than were operating in September 2016. Those work figures reveal that the county's joblessness rate is at 4.7 percent

, a drop from 6.1 percent in September 2016. Of the county's 54,069-member September workforce, 51,539 were employed.Back at Nucor, plant

supervisor Johnny Jacobs is still trying to return to earth from the excitement of his plant gaining the large growth."It [growth decision] strengthens the confidence our management team has in the Kankakee team

,"he stated, including this task will supply great opportunities for new hires and the community for years to come." Basically, Kankakee is an excellent location with fantastic individuals. ... As evidenced by our decision to expand our operations in Kankakee,

we have a really positive view of the area and its workforce. The workforce in this location shares Nucor's worths of tough work, determination and teamwork.

"He likewise said the region can not stop with this financial investment. Much work still must be done. "... We must remain focused on guaranteeing we have the best technical skill ... to support the requirements of market. We have to guarantee that our facilities [

roads, rail, electrical grid, gas system] are keeping rate and in location to support that growth when needed."He said state and city governments must create an environment that is conducive to business.While Nucor will broaden and as others grow, Stewart said CSL will just widen its footprint."