Longtime CED Leader John Greuling Honored

Longtime CED Leader John Greuling Honored

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Longtime CED Leader John Greuling Honored

At the February Board of Directors meeting, longtime President & CEO of the CED, John Greuling was awarded the Frank Turk Business and Community Achievement Award.

The award is given in honor of Frank Turk, Jr., life-long resident and businessman of Joliet, co-founder and President of the Will County Center for Economic Development from 1982-1984. The award recognizes individuals, who through their commitment to community service and business excellence have improved the lives of Will County residents.

Congratulations to John on his 20 years of inspirational leadership, business excellence and commitment to community service!

“John has been part of the economic revolution of Will County.”

Robert Filotto

CED Board Member

IDOT Hosts Governor JB Pritzker Press Conference

IDOT Hosts Governor JB Pritzker Press Conference

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IDOT Hosts Governor JB Pritzker Press Conference – Update on Houbolt Road Extension-I80 Project

Doug Pryor, Vice President of Economic Development with the Will County Center for Economic Development was among the speakers following Governor Pritzker’s update on these critical infrastructure projects.

Doug Pryor, Vice President of Economic Development with the Will County Center for Economic Development was among the speakers following Governor Pritzker’s update on these critical infrastructure projects. Doug thanked the Governor for his commitment to Will County and his ongoing emphasis on the importance of investing in infrastructure both here in Will County and around the state as we work to grow our local businesses and market Illinois to companies around the nation and the world.

Doug reinforced that reinvestment in the Will County infrastructure will allow us to continue to compete globally, recruiting companies like Lion Electric, which is well underway constructing North America’s largest all-electric school bus and medium duty truck manufacturing facility.

Doug continued:

“Projects like Lion build on the long-standing manufacturing heritage of this region and provide an important foundation for future manufacturing competitiveness for Will County and for Illinois. Investment and support from the State and from the Governor’s office in our infrastructure allows us to keep growing jobs and investment while delivering workers and goods safely.”

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Lion Electric Reaches Key Milestone With Possession Of Joliet, Illinois Production Facility And Key Management Appointments

Lion Electric Reaches Key Milestone With Possession Of Joliet, Illinois Production Facility And Key Management Appointments

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Lion Electric Reaches Key Milestone With Possession Of Joliet, Illinois Production Facility And Key Management Appointments

Posted by The EV Report | Jan 10, 2022

Lion Electric Vehicle

MONTREAL, Jan. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – The Lion Electric Company (NYSE: LEV) (TSX: LEV) (“Lion” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, today announced that it has taken possession of its upcoming production facility in Joliet, Ill. Tenant improvement work is ongoing and the company will shortly begin the installation of critical equipment and expects the first vehicles to come off the production line in the second half of 2022.

The manufacturing facility, which was announced last year, will represent the largest dedicated production site for zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the U.S. upon its completion, with an expected annual production capacity of up to 20,000 vehicles per year. The facility is expected to add up to 1,400 clean energy jobs in the region over the next four years.

Lion also announced the hiring of two new positions key to the company’s growth.

Richard Coulombe has been named Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. In this new role, Mr. Coulombe will be responsible for leading Lion’s growth and strategic initiatives, with a primary focus on major upcoming projects including the Joliet, Ill. manufacturing facility and the Lion Campus (which includes the battery manufacturing plant and innovation center) in Mirabel, Quebec. He will coordinate with all departments to ensure that Lion’s strategic governance plan is consistent with the company’s growth. Mr. Coulombe’s experience spans over 25 years in international public organizations within the transportation technology sector, having previously held executive positions at Alstom, Bombardier Transportation and Pratt & Whitney.

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Lion Electric shows off vehicles to officials at future Joliet factory

Lion Electric shows off vehicles to officials at future Joliet factory

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Lion Electric shows off vehicles to officials at future Joliet factory

Alex Ortiz – aortiz@shawmedia.com

Lion Electric School Bus

Lion Electric Co. has been showing local officials the progress of construction at its future manufacturing facility in Joliet. The Canadian company expects to open next year and eventually employ about 1,400 workers.

As work continues on the forthcoming Lion Electric Co. factory in Joliet, the company has been inviting local officials out to the location to try out the types of electric vehicles it plans to produce.

On Tuesday, Mark Denzler, the president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers Association, was able to get behind the wheel of one of the large, electric school buses. The low hum of the bus was barely detectable as the bus drove.

“This is cool,” Denzler said. “And just so quiet.”

He asked several questions about how the vehicle functions and the practical considerations companies use when operating an electric vehicle compared to a traditional gas-fueled one.

Denzler called the technology that innovative manufacturers such as Lion Electric use to produce the electric vehicles is “truly impressive.”

“This is the future,” he said. “And we’re excited and proud to have Lion [Electric] in Illinois making them here.”

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Will County sees near-record job growth in 2021

Will County sees near-record job growth in 2021

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Report: Will County Sees Near-Record Job Growth In 2021

Center for Economic Development head says county’s economy remained resilient through COVID-19 pandemic

By Alex Ortiz | Shaw Media
December 11, 2021 at 5:15 am CST

Job growth in Will County is approaching all-time highs through the end of 2021, according to a recent report.

John Greuling, the president and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development, delivered an annual report last week recapping the state of the county’s economy.

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Will County saw job growth at near all-time high rates, according to an annual report from the county’s Center for Economic Development. (Geoff Stellfox – gstellfox@shawmedia.com/Geoff Stellfox – gstellfox@shawmedia.com)

Will County added more than 5,600 jobs this year. About 1,200 new single-family homes were added, which leads the state. More than 90% of industrial, retail and office property in the county is occupied, rates which are also near all-time highs.

Greuling said the positive data points show the “resiliency” of Will County’s economy.

He attributed that largely to the types of industries that have grown in the county, specifically distribution, logistics, health care, and energy. He pointed out these essential sectors were not as impacted as others by the measures taken to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“All of them have done well over the last 18 months,” he said in an interview.

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Supply Chain Crisis Hits Home

Supply Chain Crisis Hits Home

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Supply Chain Crisis Hits Home

Truck driver shortage opens door for local high paying jobs

By Rex Robinson | 11/4/2021
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Joliet has one of the largest inland ports in the nation. Center Point Intermodal Center (CIC) – Joliet/Elwood is the largest master-planned inland port in North America.

Shipping containers stacked at Port of Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Dreamstime)

Getting goods and services to consumers both nationally and locally is topping the news cycle right now and for good reason as the country is experiencing a serious supply problem.

The national supply problem is hitting home with shortages experienced in the Joliet area.

The dilemma is having an impact locally. Things like the Thanksgiving Turkey, computer game systems, toys and other gifts for the holiday are still sitting, idling in ports on both coast waiting to be placed in shipping containers and transported by rail and truck to nearby intermodal warehouses.

Images of shipping containers piling up at seaports in places like California and Florida have many on edge wondering how long it will be before those containers start moving out on to the roads via trucks or onto rail cars and making their way to their expected destinations.

There are also concerns about shortages at stores for myriad products that everyone needs and uses in their daily lives. Some even say we could soon face food shortages.

The COVID pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives, and this is just another one to add to the list.

The White House has been talking about the supply chain problem for a while now. In July, Susan Helper and Evan Soltas penned a piece for the White House titled “Why the Pandemic Has Disrupted Supply Chains.

Businesses, they reported at the time, had added jobs at a rate of 540,000 per month since January. “Many consumers are making large purchases with savings accumulated during the pandemic,” they said.

“While a fast pivot to growth is good news for businesses and workers, it also creates challenges. Entire industries that shrank dramatically during the pandemic, such as the hotel and restaurant sectors, are now trying to reopen. Some businesses report that they have been unable to hire quickly enough to keep pace with their rising need for workers, leading to an all-time record 8.3 million job openings in April. Others do not have enough of their products in inventory to avoid running out of stock. The situation has been especially difficult for businesses with complex supply chains, as their production is vulnerable to disruption due to shortages of inputs from other businesses.

John Greuling, President & CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development, said, “We still have a shortage of more than 80,000 truck driver jobs nationwide, but that’s been a continuous problem. There’s a high demand for goods. The demand for goods has outstripped expectations and thus we have a supply shortage.”

Nauteia Brass, who sits on the board of directors of the Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce and is President of the Joliet-based Insure It, said the pandemic caused many manufacturers to halt production in 2020. “However, factories are still struggling to get back on track. As a result of this, the demand for products outweighs the supply,” she said. “There is also an issue of increased cost to move cargo. This is attributed largely to the scarcity of shipping containers that were used to send protective gear to various places around the world,” she said.

Brass added there are many Black workers employed at warehouses in the Will County area and her concern is that workers may face layoffs due to the current shortage of supply and a December 8th vaccine mandate for contractors that do business with the federal government. “This vaccine mandate could further weaken the supply chain,” she added.

The current supply chain crisis may have an upside for unemployed Black workers. The urgent need for long haul truckers is opening opportunities for those 18 years and older to be trained on the fast track to become highly paid long haul drivers.

“With the growing demand for workers in transportation logistics, now is the opportune time for those seeking to make a career shift from warehouse worker to the trucking industry. The trucking industry is a profitable industry, and I would encourage those that are interested in starting a business in the trucking industry to contact the Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce to find out what resources and contracting opportunities are available to them,” said Brass.

Amazon and Walmart are now out hiring 150,000 workers to handle the holidays, Greuling said.

“The shortage of workers has impacted our supply chain and it’s hurt our local distribution centers.”

“We still have more job openings than we have workers to fill those jobs,” Greuling said.

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