CEO Talks Will County Attributes

CEO Talks Will County Attributes

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CEO Talks Will County Attributes

CEO Doug Pryor of Will County Center for Economic Development with Richard Frederickson

Richard Frederickson and CEO Doug Pryor of Will County Center for Economic Development

Doug Pryor, President & CEO of the Will County CED recently sat down with Richard Frederickson to discuss a bit of history of the organization and share some current economic development wins and his excitement for the future.

A few highlights: (what we learned)

  • We can build anything here in Will County!
  • The assets that brought companies here in the past are still here today!
  • 1 in 7 homes built in Illinois are built here in Will County!
  • The Lion Electric manufacturing plant landing here is a signal about our competitiveness in this space!
  • Electric vehicle manufacturing isn’t the only kind of energy space Will County is attracting.
  • Other broad development stories and wins are happening here!

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CEO Talks Will County Attributes

CEO Talks Will County Attributes

Doug Pryor, President & CEO of the Will County CED recently sat down with Richard Frederickson to discuss a bit of history of the organization and share some current economic development wins and his excitement for the future.

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Harbor Freight Celebrates New Distribution Center in Joliet, Will County

Harbor Freight Celebrates New Distribution Center in Joliet, Will County

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Harbor Freight Celebrates New Distribution Center in Joliet, Will County

Harbor Freight Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Harbor Freight Tools opened its new 1.6 million square foot distribution center located at 3401 Brandon Road in the CenterPoint Intermodal Center with a celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony that included Harbor officials, Will County Executive, Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk, officials from Joliet Township High School District, Will County CED President, Doug Pryor, and many guests. This new center will allow the retailer to efficiently deliver products to more than 300 stores in 16 states in the Midwest.

In recognition of the importance of public high school trades education for the country’s future, and the career pathways being developed in the Joliet community, the Harbor Freight Tools Foundation, LLC provided a $100,000 grant to the Joliet Township High School District #204. In addition, the company itself is donating $10,000 in gift cards to help update and furnish trades classroom spaces at two local high schools, Joliet Central High School and Joliet West High School, plus a Full Bank Tool Cart in the schools’ colors.

Harbor Freight Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new distribution center in Joliet, Will County

A company spokesman expressed thanks to its Joliet partners, including local contractors and crews who built the new facility. The new distribution center will reduce the company’s carbon footprint by eliminating the need to transport products to the region from either coast. The state-of-the-art center contains the latest in technology, including automatic storage and retrieval and robotic operations. Hiring is underway with approximately 800 jobs with competitive wages and benefits offered.

The CED’s Doug Pryor shared that work on this project began locally with our first call in August 2017.

“Sometimes good projects can take a long time.”

One thing that stood out for Doug was the extraordinary time that Harbor’s senior leadership spent planning for this project and how it would bring benefit to the community and to their customers.

“Companies like Harbor, committed to being strong employers and advocates for your business, help raise the economy of the region and make sure that Will County remains a location of choice for residents and businesses now and in the future.“

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Lion Electric Project Named Finalist in REJournals Illinois Real Estate Awards

Lion Electric Project Named Finalist in REJournals Illinois Real Estate Awards

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Lion Electric Project Named Finalist in REJournals Illinois Real Estate Awards

The CED was pleased to nominate this significant Joliet – Will County project for consideration in the 2022 REJournals Illinois Real Estate Awards.

Lion Electric Project Named Finalist in REJournals Illinois Real Estate Awards

The Lion Electric Company, an innovative manufacturer of zero-emission vehicles headquartered in Canada, announced the development of a 900,000-sf production facility in Joliet’s Clarius Park. The Will County facility will be Lion’s first U.S.-based location. The project will bring end-to-end OEM manufacturing vehicles back to Joliet creating jobs for local trades during construction, and more than 1,400 permanent jobs within five years.

The CED assisted Lion through the site selection process and worked closely with the City, County, Intersect Illinois, the Governor’s Office and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development to help bring the project to fruition.

“Will County has a proud heritage of manufacturing in a broad range of industries and projects like Lion Electric will help ensure that manufacturing will be a part of our future,” noted Doug Pryor, President and CEO for the Will County Center for Economic Development.

“The Lion Electric development is a welcome addition to the City of Joliet,” remarked Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk. “This facility is going to have a tremendous impact on our local economy by immense investment dollars and creation of high paying skilled-labor positions. Furthermore, this is an indicator that on a national scale the City of Joliet and the State of Illinois can compete for major employers and manufacturers who are seeking to grow.”

The Joliet location will become Lion Electric’s sole manufacturing facility in the United States, the largest global facility, and a showcase for consumers. Lion Electric was especially attracted to Joliet for its robust logistics industry, talent pool, and the Illinois climate change policy which aligns well with the electric vehicle market.

At full production, the facility will produce 20,000 all-electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles per year made by American workers. This factory is on-schedule to be operational before the end of the year.

The 2022 REJournals Illinois Real Estate Awards winners will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday, July 13th.

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Doug Pryor, President & CEO of the Will County CED recently sat down with Richard Frederickson to discuss a bit of history of the organization and share some current economic development wins and his excitement for the future.

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Groundbreaking for Central Steel & Wire Company in University Park

Groundbreaking for Central Steel & Wire Company in University Park

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Groundbreaking for Central Steel & Wire Company in University Park

It was a great day attended by many for the the new Central Steel & Wire Company headquarters and operation hub relocating to the Village of University Park from Chicago.

Central Steel & Wire Company Groundbreaking

The 900,000-sf building is located at Steger Road and Central Avenue and should be completed next spring.

Central Steel & Wire was founded in 1909. Ryerson, which employs about 3,900 people at about 100 industrial metal processing centers in North America, was founded in 1842 and acquired Central Steel & Wire in 2018.

Central Steel & Wire buys rolls of steel, aluminum, and other metals from mills, then processes and fabricates them into everything from structural I-beams used in construction to sheet metal used to make household appliances.

Ryerson CEO Eddie Lehner was on hand and spoke passionately about manufacturing here in the U.S. and the importance of creating family-wage manufacturing jobs. “The more we manufacture in this country and do it the way we’re going to do it in University Park, the more broad-based prosperity will increase.”

Doug Pryor, CEO and President of the Will County Center for Economic Development explained “They were looking at southeast Wisconsin – they were looking at northwest Indiana. It’s a huge win for Will County and makes a bold statement about our workforce and job creation successes.”

Central Steel will employ at least 300 people at the University Park center. Gateway 57 Business Park is being developed by Venture One Real Estate and CRG.

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Will County Center for Economic Development Awarded $400,000  Brownfields Assessment Grant by U.S. EPA

Will County Center for Economic Development Awarded $400,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant by U.S. EPA

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Will County Center for Economic Development Awarded $400,000
Brownfields Assessment Grant by U.S. EPA

Joliet riverfront view

The Will County Center for Economic Development is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $400,000 Brownfields Assessment grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

This grant provides funding to identify sites and conduct a range of planning activities, develop site specific clean-up plans, and community outreach related to brownfield sites with an emphasis on the Des Plaines River corridor in Will County. Brownfield sites are those contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, and contaminants. Once remediated, former brownfield properties can be redeveloped into a variety productive uses.

“Turning vacant or underutilized spaces into thriving community hubs is one of the cornerstones of our Rebuild Illinois infrastructure plan, and I’m pleased to see the Biden Administration provide funding for brownfields revitalization in Will County,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “This support marks another milestone in our journey to advance educational, environmental, economic and health justice for all Illinois residents.”

“Thank you to the U.S. EPA for providing the opportunity and funding for Will County to assess areas of environmental concern,” said Doug Pryor, President and CEO of Will County Center for Economic Development. “This grant will serve as a catalyst for needed cleanup and create opportunities for new growth in long disinvested areas of Will County. This work will help promote private investment, create jobs, and encourage growth in the County’s communities.”

The Center for Economic Development worked closely with the communities of Joliet, Lockport, and Rockdale and the County of Will through the application process. These communities helped develop an outstanding case highlighting Will County’s need to address the environmental and human health issues in brownfield areas.

“This grant is an important first step in empowering community-focused development in these neglected areas,” said Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant. “By eliminating blight and reducing the risk of environmental contamination in this region, we are supporting greener, healthier neighborhoods, as well as needed economic development.”

“We are looking forward to utilizing this opportunity to create positive outcomes for Joliet by removing environmental barriers to growth and opportunity,” added Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk. “Thank you to the Center for Economic Development and United States Environmental Protection Agency Region V for your partnership.”

“Many brownfield sites across the country are in ‘downtown’ areas revealing that cities and towns were often built up in conjunction with one another. These vacated industrial sites are in prime, walkable locations where people live,” Lockport Mayor Steven Streit said. “There is wisdom in investing money to repurpose such brownfields. Restoring them back into functional places means there is one less bit of prime farmland being over-turned for new development on the far edge of town. Building back walkable, thriving communities where people both live AND work is the blueprint of civilizations since settlements first began. I applaud our lawmakers for making funds available to assist in the cleanup of these strategic places.”

“I would like to thank U.S. EPA for the $400,000 of funding for the Brownfield Assessment grant for the Village of Rockdale and our neighboring communities,” said Sam Wyke, Mayor of Rockdale. “Investment in brownfields programs in communities like Rockdale has had a positive impact throughout the nation. Our community was settled by workers of companies and businesses involved with heavy industries that provided many jobs. Now, most of the industrial sites have been vacant or underutilized for several generations. We need to determine the unrealized potential and opportunities of the unused industrial sites. Turning polluted properties back into productive real estate will help us bring the jobs back to our Village. The grant will improve public health and safety and will also increase the tax base.”

For more information on the Environmental Protection Agency or Brownfield Assessment Grants, please visit https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-assessment-grants.

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Changing the narrative: Out-of-state businesses are buying Illinois’ sales pitch

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“Sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have here,” said Dan Seals, the CEO of Intersect Illinois.

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Dan Seals Intersect Illinois

If you’re someone who thinks Illinois gets everything wrong when it comes to business, this column isn’t for you.

Actually, maybe it is especially for you.

Maybe before you scream “Get me outta this $%^& state!!!” again, you should read what Dan Seals says to out-of-state businesses when he tells them, you should be in Illinois.

“Sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have here,” said Seals, the CEO of economic development organization Intersect Illinois, a public-private partnership between state government and many of the leading companies in the state. “And maybe it’s a grass-is-always-greener sort of dynamic, but I meet a lot of people who are doing well but think they’re the only ones who are doing well. And it just surprises me that there is such a wide gap between how we perceive ourselves and what the reality actually is here as far as our business environment is concerned.

“You don’t get an economy this big, you don’t get one this diverse and you don’t get companies that large all here by having a bad business environment. That’s illogical. And so I wish we could get more Illinoisans to be those kinds of ambassadors for what we have here and help me tell that story.”

Out-of-state companies are paying close attention to Seals’ marketing spiel. Maybe you should too.

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CEO Talks Will County Attributes

Doug Pryor, President & CEO of the Will County CED recently sat down with Richard Frederickson to discuss a bit of history of the organization and share some current economic development wins and his excitement for the future.

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