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Construction of the Houbolt Road bridge is expected to start within the next couple of weeks. “We’re a full go as of today,” Michael Murphy, chief development officer for CenterPoint Properties said Tuesday. Murphy said a construction trailer should be on the site “in the next couple of days. … It will take a week or so to go to work.”
Biggest hydrogen fuel cell component factory in U.S. coming to Bolingbrook. New York-based Hyzon Motors, which develops hydrogen-powered trucks, aims to start production by the end of the year. A New York-based company that develops hydrogen-powered commercial trucks plans to begin producing fuel-cell materials in Bolingbrook later this year.
Online home goods retailer Wayfair is opening a fulfillment center in Romeoville that is expected to employ more than 250 people. The 1.2 million-square-foot facility will help the company “further scale our excellent shopping experience to meet the needs of our rapidly growing customer base in the greater Chicago region and across the U.S.,” Wayfair COO Thomas Netzer said in a news release Friday.
Will County was one of only a handful of counties in Illinois to see population growth over the past decade, according to a study by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Only nine of the state’s 102 counties saw population growth over the past 10 years, according to the CMAP study: Kendall, Champaign, Monroe, Kane, Will, Grundy, Williamson, DuPage and McLean.
The Will County Board approved the next steps to convert methane gas produced at the Prairie View Landfill into compressed natural gas. The board voted today to select SCS Energy to design and build a plant to convert the methane to renewable natural gas. Harbour Contractors from Plainfield will lead the construction piece of this project. Currently, some methane gas is converted into electricity at the landfill with the remainder being burned off.
A new feature is being added to the plans for Rock Run Crossings, which is billed as a future destination center that would attract shoppers, diners, moviegoers and more from a region spanning into the Chicago suburbs and central Illinois –warehouses.
Local, regional and state transportation officials paid tribute to the late Will County Executive Larry Walsh, Sr. on October 13th. First as a State Senator and later as the County Executive, Larry devoted countless hours planning, supporting and securing billions of dollars for transportation projects throughout the region.
Will County’s unemployment rate continued to improve in August, falling to 9.7 percent from a peak of 17.4 percent in April. Overall, total unemployed persons in Will County has fallen from a peak of more than 60,000 in April to just over 33,000 in September.
The Joliet City Council on Monday was getting its first look at a 99-year lease agreement that spells out terms for future city ownership of a privately built Houbolt Road bridge estimated to cost $160 million. The council is slated to vote Tuesday on the lease, which must be approved before bridge construction starts.
The Plainfield village board approved the construction of a new Pace bus maintenance and storage facility Monday night, as part of an inter-governmental agreement between the village and Pace Suburban Bus.
E-commerce was already growing and this trend is expected to escalate with consumers quickly adopting purchase of essential goods through on-line channels.