Manufacturing Week 2021

 

 

 

 

 

During the month of October, the EDC joined around the country to celebrate Manufacturing Month. Our community’s legacy and success is due to the contributions made by manufacturers and their employees. For the sixth year in a row, the EDC worked with these local manufacturers to host “Manufacturing Week” in Decatur.

From October 18th through October 22nd, the EDC hosted Manufacturing Week in Macon County – a celebration of local manufacturers and their employees. The celebration helped show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors for folks to see the importance of manufacturing firsthand.

Decatur and Macon County did just this through social media campaigns with interviews and were able to reach nearly 25,000 people. We met staff members, learned about companies, and saw what it was like working day-to-day in a manufacturing job. If you missed last week, click here to catch up.

Thank you to all our local manufacturers who helped spread the news, provided us with marketing materials and collateral to share, invited us inside their company, and helped illustrate how vital manufacturing is to our local economy.

 

The Atkins Group Announces Construction of Cardinal Warehouse, a 635,000SF logistics facility in Decatur, IL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Atkins Group Announces Construction of Cardinal Warehouse, a 635,000SF logistics facility in Decatur, IL

Decatur & Urbana, Illinois – The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County (EDC) and the city of Decatur joins The Atkins Group to announce the construction of a warehouse and distribution facility, on Decatur’s northeast side. The 635,000-square-foot facility will be developed at 4250 North Commercial Crossing in the city’s logistics corridor.

“The Atkins Group (TAG) is thrilled to be starting construction on Cardinal Warehouse in Decatur.  The site is positioned perfectly for logistics with quick convenient access to I-72.  To reach this stage, TAG is grateful for the cooperation and support from the City of Decatur, Macon County and the EDC,” says Mark Dixon, president of TAG. “Besides the government agencies, TAG appreciates the services of Mike Dean of Cushman & Wakefield and AJ Thoma of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty.”

“We greatly appreciate The Atkins Group for selecting Decatur for this exciting project,” says Nicole Bateman, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County. “This new facility not only creates jobs in our community but also highlights Decatur’s position as an emerging logistics and distribution center.”

Up to 75 employees will work at the facility and the development will benefit from the Decatur-Macon County Enterprise Zone. Construction has recently started at the site and will wrap up in the summer of 2022.

“This project shows that Decatur remains a key location for industrial expansion and logistics, and that the city’s planning for a logistics corridor is paying off,” said Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe. “The city and Macon County worked together closely with all parties to move this project forward, especially in making modifications to the future beltway plans to accommodate the project.”

Additional partners on the construction project include ARCO National Construction, Martin Engineering Company, and GMA Architects.

The Atkins Group, a family-owned business based in Urbana, has real estate holdings consisting of residential, farm, industrial, office and commercial properties. TAG currently invests and manages real estate properties in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, and California.

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About The Atkins Group

The Atkins Group owns and manages a diverse portfolio of holdings in residential, office, retail, industrial, and farm land investments. Each division works with clients on a custom experience to fit every need; from finding the right land, buying and selling, to coordinating concept designs, bids, and build-outs.  For the industrial holdings, TAG provides project management and property management services.  John Martinie, VP of Development, will be the project manager for the Cardinal Warehouse project.

About the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County

The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur & Macon County is a nonprofit public-private partnership responsible for non-retail business attraction, expansion and retention efforts in Decatur & Macon County. Composed of a combination of leading private sector employers, labor, educational institutions and a variety of governmental bodies, the EDC is uniquely positioned to address the needs of Macon County’s existing business and employer base along with prospective businesses looking to locate in and around the Decatur, Illinois area. The EDC works with and on behalf of local, state and federal partners to provide economic, technical and training assistance to businesses in the Macon County area.

Contact:
Nicole Bateman, President
Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County
PH: 217-422-9520

Technical Assistance Hours for B2B Grant Applicants

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a Community Navigator, the EDC is providing free and confidential assistance for businesses who wish to apply for the State of Illinois’ Back to Business (B2B) grant program.

Assistance provided includes:

  • Answering questions regarding the grant program
  • Help with submitting the application online
  • Scanning and printing of required documents*

All appointments must be scheduled and no walk-in appointments will be available. To schedule, click here to find a date and time that works best for you. If a time is not available that fits your schedule, contact us at info@decaturedc.com and we will work to find a new date and time that works best for you.

*The grant program requires a copy of your business’s 2019 AND 2020 Federal tax returns, two business bank statements (one from the period March through December 2020, and your most recent statement), and your business owner ID.

Decatur, IL Ranked 10th in the Nation for Top Manufacturing Hubs and 9th for Industrial Parks

July 27, 2021

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Contact:
Nicole Bateman, President
Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County
PH: 217-422-9520

Decatur, IL Ranked 10th in the Nation for Top Manufacturing Hubs and 9th for Industrial Parks

Decatur, IllinoisBusiness Facilities’ 17th Annual Metro Rankings Report recognizes Decatur with two Top 10 Rankings: 10th for Top Manufacturing Hubs and the Decatur Commerce Park ranked 9th in the Industrial Parks category.

Among other criteria, Business Facilities’ editors based the Manufacturing Hubs ranking on cities where manufacturing’s share (by percentage) of the total workforce is the highest. Of the 47,800 people currently employed in Macon County, 10,900 (or 22.8%) work in Manufacturing; in the United States (as a whole), the average is 8.5%. In 2020, over $2.25 Billion was paid out in wages to the Decatur area community. Nearly 40% of those wages (almost $900 million) were paid to manufacturing employees.

“Everyone, from our small manufacturing companies to our global powerhouses, contributes to the fabric of our strong local economy,” says Nicole Bateman, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County (EDC). “At a time when there’s a renewed focus on U.S. manufacturing, we’re proud to receive recognition for being a top manufacturing hub.”

The EDC annually coordinates Manufacturing Days in October to expose area high school students to careers in manufacturing. 2021 will be the sixth year organizing more than a dozen companies to shine a light on job opportunities.

Business Facilities also ranked the nation’s leading industrial parks. The magazine states that size, growth potential, recent expansions and unique assets like water resources and on-site utilities were key factors in their Industrial Parks ranking.

“Commerce Park is the perfect location to build your facility and flourish in Decatur,” says Jaime Weiss, owner and managing agent of Commerce Park. “We have the capability to construct up to one-million square feet at our 147-acre industrial park. Your company can take advantage of everything Decatur has to offer, like direct connectivity to the Midwest Inland Port to get farther faster.”

“As an industrial park of this size, Commerce Park services massive markets and is able to access more than 99 million people for same-day delivery,” says Bateman. “With rail on site, intermodal ramp across the street and a massive build-to-suit opportunity, it’s easy to see why Commerce Park was recognized as ninth in the nation. It provides rich economic development opportunities for Decatur.”

For more information on the 2021 Metro Rankings Report and Business Facilities, visit BusinessFacilities.com. To find local careers in manufacturing, visit CareersDecatur.com. For more information on Commerce Park, click here.

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About the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County

The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur & Macon County is a nonprofit public-private partnership responsible for non-retail business attraction, expansion and retention efforts in Decatur & Macon County. Composed of a combination of leading private sector employers, labor, educational institutions and a variety of governmental bodies, the EDC is uniquely positioned to address the needs of Macon County’s existing business and employer base along with prospective businesses looking to locate in and around the Decatur, Illinois area. The EDC works with local, state and federal partners to provide economic, technical and training assistance to businesses in the Macon County area.

Economic Development Week 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Economic Development Week!

Created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2016, the goal of Economic Development Week is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and increase the quality of life in communities everywhere. Economic Development Week includes activities in communities large and small designed to highlight the importance of economic development and the good work that economic developers do each day.

To help us celebrate, we invite you to explore some of the benefits we offer businesses in Macon County including Enterprise Zone incentives, Small Business Development Center and International Trade Center services, research capabilities, a community marketing and branding initiative, and the Midwest Inland Port. Learn more about each below.


Decatur-Macon County Enterprise Zone
A variety of state and local incentives are available in the Decatur-Macon County Enterprise Zone including local property tax abatement for eligible products. Projects may also be eligible for incentives from the state of Illinois that are customized to meet the unique needs of the business, including tax credits related to employment activity.  The purpose of offering these benefits and incentives to businesses is to attract new industry and revitalize existing businesses by providing targeted initiatives and financial incentives to reduce operating and construction costs. Learn more information about enterprise zone incentives here.


SBDC & ITC Services
The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides one-on-one counseling, technical assistance, training seminars, information provision, network opportunities, business development and real estate expertise for business owners, startups and entrepreneurs.

Additionally, the International Trade Center (ITC) provides support in evaluating a company’s readiness to export, shipping and logistics, compliance regulations, international business planning, international trade techniques, export processes, and international market opportunities.

Both the SBDC and ITC are no cost services provided by a partnership between the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County and the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation.

Learn more about these business services here.


Research Capabilities
Another benefit offered by the EDC are numerous research capabilities. When companies need help, we are here to offer assistance with tools and resources such as employee training, GIS data mapping, demographic research, workforce studies and more. If you are needing something specific, do not hesitate to give us a call to see how we can assist you.


Limitless Decatur & Macon County
Decatur and Macon County’s community marketing and branding initiative, Limitless Decatur & Macon County, started in 2016 and is housed at the EDC.

The initiative came to realization through the EDC and Grow Decatur’s work to develop a strong, consistent brand to help serve as the driving force for an overall strategy that would educate, inform, and build community pride amongst current residents, business owners, and motivate potential newcomers to live and do business in Decatur and Macon County.

Through this community marketing process, perceptions have been shifted and a common vision has been created for our future that will stimulate economic growth from which we all benefit.

Learn more about Limitless Decatur & Macon County here.


Midwest Inland Port
First developed in 2015, the Midwest Inland Port (MIP) is the strategic development of Decatur as a distribution transportation center that capitalizes on Decatur’s central geography, its existing rail services and interconnectivity, the potential of its quality airport infrastructure and its interstate access.

The MIP connects the Midwest to the East, West and Gulf Coasts of North America. Additionally, the MIP area has access to 33 million people within one day’s drive round trip including the cities of Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and the outskirts of Milwaukee. Over 95 million people are within 500 miles for same day delivery including Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Columbus, Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, Wichita, Omaha, and Minneapolis.

Read more about the MIP here.


So there you have it, folks. These are some of the benefits the EDC provides to our local community. Our number one priority is taking care of the businesses in our county. When companies need help, the EDC is here to offer tools and resources such as those mentioned above.

The nature of our work puts us in contact with a lot of different people. In the course of one work day, we could be hosting a foreign delegation showing off all the best Macon County can offer, while helping a family business search for a new site, and developing our next community marketing campaign. The variety is super fun and makes us very proud of where we live, work, and play. Please do not hesitate to contact us today if we can help your business.

For a fun way to help explain what we do, watch the video below:

 

IDES Informational Zoom Meeting on Unemployment Benefits

Worried about when your unemployment benefits may run out? Did you know that you may be eligible to continue receiving your benefits while going back to school to learn a new trade or career?

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the Decatur Illinois workNet Center’s Business Service Team invites you to an informational workshop. (Please note: this counts as an unemployment work search activity)

What: Virtual Zoom Informational Meeting
When: 9:30 to 10:30 AM | Thursday, May 6, 2021
How: Call 217-875-8751 for the Zoom invitation link
Where: Call in from your own personal computer, tablet or phone.

This event is sponsored by IDES and the Decatur Illinois workNet Center’s Business Service Team.

Here are some topics that will be covered:

  • Finding good-paying, local jobs
  • Transferring existing skills to other jobs/careers
  • Continuing unemployment benefits while learning a new trade/career
  • Learning what training is available and how it may be paid for
  • Availability of community assistance during difficult times
  • Other FREE resources are available at your local Illinois workNet Center

Call 217-875-8751 for your Zoom Invitation Now.

8 Rivers Capital, ADM Announce Intention To Make Illinois Home To Game-Changing Zero Emissions Project

ADM’s processing complex in Decatur, IL

DECATUR, Ill.April 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — One of the world’s first zero emissions Allam-Fetvedt cycle power plants, the Broadwing Clean Energy Complex, is poised to be built in Illinois, generating 280 MW of clean power to help decarbonize the industrial, transport, and electricity sectors. 8 Rivers Capital, LLC (8 Rivers) and ADM (NYSE:ADM) announced today that they have agreed in principle to locate the Broadwing facility adjacent to ADM’s processing complex in Decatur, storing captured carbon safely a mile and a half underground via ADM’s proven carbon capture and storage system.

8 Rivers, through its Zero Degrees development business, aims to reach a final investment decision in 2022 and begin operations by 2025. Warwick Capital Partners LLP (Warwick) will serve as a development financing partner through its targeted investment vehicle Warwick Carbon Solutions. NET Power continues to lead the commercialization of the Allam-Fetvedt power cycle technology that was invented by 8 Rivers and will be deployed at Broadwing.

NET Power and the Allam-Fetvedt Cycle represent a game-changing advance in the search for solutions to climate change.  The technology combusts gas with oxygen, as opposed to air, and uses supercritical carbon dioxide as a working fluid to drive a turbine instead of steam. This eliminates all air emissions, including traditional pollutants and CO2, and inherently produces pipeline-quality CO2 that can be sequestered, all while operating at competitive cost and efficiency to traditional gas power plants.

One of the first projects of its kind in the world, the Broadwing Clean Energy Complex would involve more than a half-billion-dollar investment into Central Illinois, building on the existing carbon storage facility at Decatur funded by ADM and the US Department of Energy. This would potentially create over a thousand direct and indirect jobs during construction along with approximately two dozen jobs for operation of the facility. The Allam-Fetvedt Cycle power plant has the potential to displace over 1 million tons of CO2 per year emitted from existing coal and gas plants, while itself emitting no air pollutants, accelerating the path to 100% clean power in Illinois and across the world.

“This 8 Rivers Energy deployment with a full-scale Allam-Fetvedt Cycle plant represents a paradigm shift for how the world generates power. The technology makes clean energy affordable for every country, so the whole world can rapidly reduce its emissions. Today’s announcement jump-starts deploying hundreds of NET Power plants globally and accelerates the drive to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. It represents years of hard work from our world-class teams at 8 Rivers and NET Power, as well as our partners ADM and Warwick Capital Partners,” said 8 Rivers’ CEO, Cam Hosie.

“Across ADM’s value chain, from the crops we buy to the products we create, we’re finding new, innovative ways to sustainably feed the world,” said Veronica Braker, ADM’s senior vice president of global operations. “Last year, we embarked on Strive 35, an aggressive program to evolve ADM’s environmental footprint, including reducing our absolute greenhouse gas emissions. Today, we’re advancing a project that represents a potential leap forward in GHG reduction technology. We’re excited for the opportunity to integrate our Decatur operations – and particularly our world-class carbon capture and storage facility – with this groundbreaking new zero-emission power plant, and we look forward to exploring other ways that we can support this project.”

Lee Elder, NET Power Board Member and senior advisor, said, “NET Power is pleased and excited to support this visionary development as an important step on the pathway to widespread adoption of our technology. The Broadwing Clean Energy Complex illustrates the essential role of NET Power in the global clean energy transformation.”

Alfredo Mattera, Co-Chief Investment Officer and Founding Partner at Warwick Capital Partners said, “We are excited to collaborate with ADM and 8 Rivers to make this groundbreaking project a reality. Carbon-free power and industrial plants will be essential to achieving society’s net-zero ambitions and providing the scale to enable the transition to a clean energy future. We see an unprecedented market opportunity for high-impact clean technologies and projects to globally advance net-zero carbon emissions. We are proud to serve as a development finance provider of this world-class plant that will provide low-cost, carbon-free power.”

“Innovative manufacturers don’t just use cutting edge technology – we create it. This amazing partnership between ADM, Warwick, NET Power, and 8 Rivers will reshape the world around us by making energy more affordable, reliable, and cleaner. It’s a great example of how manufacturers are making smart investments that promote sustainability, reduce costs, and harness new energy solutions,” said Mark Denzler, president & CEO, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association.

In the coming months, the Broadwing Clean Energy Complex team will work together to advance key elements of the proposed project, from engineering design to permitting activities to the signing of final contracts between the companies. They aim to complete these processes and announce the final decision to move forward in 2022, after which construction would begin.

PROJECT WEBSITE:    www.Broadwing.Energy

ADM: At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at www.adm.com.

8 Rivers Capital, LLC is a Durham, NC-based firm leading the invention and commercialization of sustainable, infrastructure-scale technologies for the global energy transition. 8 Rivers is the inventor of the Allam-Fetvedt Cycle, a paradigm-changing net-zero power solution that was named ADIPEC’s “Breakthrough Technology of the Year 2018” and that is anticipated to form a cornerstone of the clean energy transition. 8 Rivers is also focusing on developing and deploying technologies for clean hydrogen and ammonia, direct air capture, retrofit carbon capture, sour gas sweetening, and space-based solar power. Learn more: www.8Rivers.com

Warwick Capital Partners LLP is an investment management company founded in 2010 and headquartered in London. The firm focuses on special situations and has significant investment experience in energy assets, capital investment and technology. Warwick recently launched Warwick Carbon Solutions, a targeted investment vehicle to advance net-zero emission development projects. Learn more at: www.warwickcap.com

SOURCE 8 Rivers Capital, LLC

Breaking Down Food Production

To the average American there are few things as common as a grocery store. Although they have only existed in their current form for roughly a hundred years, people often consider them to be as ubiquitous as the items the stores carry. As most people walk the aisles of a modern supermarket collecting their goods, they likely consider the task rather pedestrian and suburban while few recognizing that one is standing in a true apex of modern value-added production and logistics.

Your typical supermarket carries around 40,000 distinct consumer goods. So, where does all of that come from? A tiny fraction of it is prepared at deli counters or bakeries but their constituent components are not. Nothing is designed, refined, or produced there from conception to inception. Every product available -despite how artisan, home-grown or small batch it claims to be- is the end result of a scaled industrial process. Modern manufacturing techniques are applied to the production of these goods or there simply could never be enough of them to fill every supermarket shelf.

While the production, packaging, and transportation of finished consumer goods to the tens of thousands of grocery stores around the nation is impressive, these efforts are just the tip of the iceberg of a much larger manufacturing effort: food ingredient production. If you reach into your cupboard and pull out any finished food item, you will find a legally mandated ingredients list somewhere on the packaging. Starting from the top of this ingredient list, you will likely have some idea of what you are looking at with items such as corn, wheat flour, cane sugar, soy, etc. However, as you move down the list things may become a bit unclear. Riboflavin? Dextrose? Potassium bitartrate!? What are these things? Where do they come from? Who makes them? Are they safe? The short answer is the vast majority of these are naturally derived organic and inorganic compounds that are perfectly safe for and quite likely necessary for the human metabolism. Riboflavin is Vitamin B2; Dextrose is just sugar; and Potassium bitartrate you likely know by its user-friendly name, Cream of Tartar.

So, why the confusion? These food ingredients and additives are precise chemical compounds that are refined and produced to exacting standards and purity by food scientists for other food scientists. There are over 20 million identified organic substances on Earth and many of them are toxic so legally there cannot be any ambiguity in what is being utilized in food production; proper chemical names must be used. Companies like ADM and Tate & Lyle who discover, develop, and produce these substances along with hundreds of millions of tons of more common food ingredients are at the cutting edge of organic chemistry and bioscience and are doing this work right here in Decatur, Illinois. It is however unlikely that you will ever spot their logos in your shopping cart, but believe me, their products are likely there.

No wonder Decatur has been named “First in the Nation for Agricultural Bioscience Employment” by Business Facilities Magazine and “Second in the Nation for a Thriving Agricultural Economy” by Forbes Magazine.

Written by Andrew Taylor, EDC’s Economic Development Officer

Workforce Pipeline Survey Now Available

Having a pipeline of qualified employees at all skill levels is important to economic development efforts and employers alike. Our local high schools are a natural source for recruiting future employees and with your input, workforce training programs can be developed focusing on the topics that you feel are most needed.

To assist in the development of such programs, please complete this short eight question survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MACONCOUNTYWORKER

Feel free to share this with others in your company. We will close the survey on Friday, February 12th. Your feedback is needed and greatly appreciated.

 

Decatur, IL Ranked Fourth in the Nation for Best Places to Work in Manufacturing

Decatur, IL Ranked Fourth in the Nation for Best Places to Work in Manufacturing

Decatur, Illinois – Decatur, Illinois was recently ranked fourth in the nation as a best place to work in manufacturing in 2020.

SmartAsset ranked the nation’s “Best Places to Work in Manufacturing” by comparing nearly 400 metro areas across the following metrics: manufacturing as a percentage of the workforce, job and income growth between 2015 and 2019, job and income growth between 2017 and 2018, housing costs as a percentage of income, and unemployment. From these findings, the financial technology company concluded that Decatur, IL saw income for manufacturing jobs increase by 33.08%, the fourth-highest increase in the study. The ranking also mentioned Decatur’s affordable housing was the fifth-lowest rate for the metric across all 378 metro areas.

“There is a popular belief in America today that Manufacturing is something that we once did,” said Andrew Taylor, economic development officer of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County. “At 22.5% of our employment base, Macon County is living proof that it is something that we still do.”

For more information on the 2020 Manufacturing Report and SmartAsset, click here.

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About the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County

The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur & Macon County is a nonprofit public-private partnership responsible for non-retail business attraction, expansion and retention efforts in Decatur & Macon County. Composed of a combination of leading private sector employers, labor, educational institutions and a variety of governmental bodies, the EDC is uniquely positioned to address the needs of Macon County’s existing business and employer base along with prospective businesses looking to locate in and around the Decatur, Illinois area. The EDC works with local, state and federal partners to provide economic, technical and training assistance to businesses in the Macon County area.

 

Contact:
Nicole Bateman, President
Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County
PH: 217-422-9520