EDC of Decatur-Macon County Launches New Job Board for Macon County Area

Decatur, Illinois – The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County (EDC) launched a new job board today to help promote job opportunities in Macon County.

The job board currently features 25 local companies and nearly 400 jobs that are available in the Macon County area and include employers across various industries including education, government, healthcare, and manufacturing. Job seekers can view and sort by job function, company, and location. Jobs are updated daily and can be found on CareersDecatur.com. Job seekers are also able to sign up for alerts when a certain company posts a job, or a particular job function is selected.

“This job board is a major upgrade from the previous way of promoting jobs in the community and will help impact our ability to attract and grow our workforce,” said EDC President Nicole Bateman. “The board’s functionality will make the job search easier for job seekers by allowing them to look for work in a more user-friendly method. Job seekers are also able to apply directly to these openings with just a few clicks.”

Macon County employers who wish to be featured on the job board can contact Brandy Poshard at bposhard@decaturedc.com for more information.

 

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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.

 

 

 

Tillamook County Creamery Association Announces New Ice Cream Manufacturing Facility in Decatur, IL

 

TILLAMOOK, Ore.March 21, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA), the farmer-owned dairy co-op and Certified B Corporation® behind the fastest-growing family-size ice cream brand in the U.S., today announced plans to open an ice cream manufacturing facility in Decatur, Ill. in late 2024.

The Decatur facility will be TCCA’s first owned and operated manufacturing facility outside of Oregon and will be TCCA’s only facility solely dedicated to ice cream production. TCCA also owns and operates two manufacturing facilities in Oregon that are primarily dedicated to cheese production. The Decatur ice cream plant will manufacture Tillamook family-size (48 oz.) ice cream as well as Tillamook foodservice ice cream (3 gallon).

“Consumer demand for Tillamook Ice Cream has grown exponentially over the past several years,” said Mike Bever, Executive Vice President of Operations, TCCA. “This new facility is an investment in our continued national expansion plans. We are proud to be able to expand our manufacturing footprint even further as another step toward bringing Tillamook to more fans around the country.”

The Decatur plant was previously owned by Prairie Farms, which also used the location for ice cream production until closing the facility in early 2022. TCCA will spend the next 18 to 24 months updating the plant to bring it up to TCCA’s manufacturing quality standards, with a goal of October 2024 for the first full ice cream production run. The new plant is expected to create approximately 45 new jobs in the Decatur community.

Tillamook’s plans to operate here are very exciting for our community and we are proud that another company has chosen Decatur for their first Midwest facility,” said Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe. “This project also advances Neighborhood Revitalization, as the now-empty building along the MLK corridor will again be a bustling part of our economy as soon as next year.”

TCCA’s headquarters are in Oregon, where the co-op’s farmer-owners and many employees live and work. The company’s existing manufacturing operations in both Tillamook and Boardman, Ore. will continue to operate with no plans to reduce production or the expanding employee base at either location.

“Opening this Illinois manufacturing location will enable us to make more of our ice cream closer to the eastern U.S., where demand for our ice cream is growing fast. In the last year, we’ve added 1.6M households and grown ice cream sales nearly 60% in the eastern U.S.,” Bever continued. “Ultimately our continued growth is a ‘win’ for who and what matters most to us. It allows us to continue to generate meaningful profits for our farmer-owners, create growth and well-being opportunities for our 900+ employees and to give back to the communities where we live and work. Now we get to welcome Decatur into that valued group.”

Tillamook is a fantastic company that will fit in perfectly here,” said Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County President Nicole Bateman. “It’s no surprise they selected Decatur for expansion due to our strong business climate, affordable utilities and excellent location with access to a huge base of new customers in the Midwest.”

Tillamook dairy products are currently available in all 50 states across the U.S., including in Illinois and in the Decatur area. Find store locations at Tillamook.com/where-to-buy.

TCCA will begin recruiting to fill positions at its new Decatur facility later in 2023 and early in 2024.

About Tillamook County Creamery Association
Founded in 1909 as a farmer-owned cooperative, Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) recently achieved the distinction as a Certified B Corporation® (B Corp™) and prides itself on its commitment to bringing to market the most consistent, best tasting, highest quality dairy products made in the most natural way possible. Guided by the belief that everyone deserves real food that makes them feel good every day, Tillamook® produces internationally recognized, award-winning cheese as well as exceptional ice cream, butter, cream cheese spreads, yogurt, and sour cream, made with unwavering values that never sacrifice or compromise quality for profit. TCCA is owned by a group of farming families, primarily based in Tillamook County, Oregon. TCCA operates production facilities in Tillamook and Boardman, Oregon and employs more than 900 people throughout the state. The Tillamook Creamery is one of the most-visited attractions in the state of Oregon, attracting more than one million visitors each year. For more information on TCCA and Tillamook, visit Tillamook.com.

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Upcoming Career Fair Events

 

Decatur Conference Center and Hotel Spring Job Fair | March 14, 2023 | 9 AM – 3 PM

Employers will be on site for a job fair at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel on March 14, 2023 from 9 AM to 3 PM at 4191 W Hwy 36 in Decatur.


Richland Community College 2023 Career Fair | March 31, 2023 | 11 AM – 3PM

Employers will be in the Shilling Salons at Richland Community College on March 31, 2023 from 11 AM to 3 PM. This is a great opportunity to find full-time and part-time employment, internships, job shadowing experiences, and to research the next step on your career path.

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Madeleine Wolske Named Director of Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC

Madeleine Wolske Named Director of Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC 

CHAMPAIGN, IL, February 20, 2023 – The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) is pleased to announce Madeleine Wolske as its new Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC. She begins the role today, February 20.

Wolske most recently served as the Business Librarian at Champaign Public Library, where she led business services, including providing direct assistance to small businesses and developing innovative programming. In addition to years of experience supporting small businesses, she also owns her own small business. Wolske earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

“We’re thrilled to have Madeleine join our team,” said Carly McCrory-McKay, Executive Director of the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation. “Her extensive experience, innovative thinking, results-oriented leadership, and collaborative spirit will be valuable for our center and community. I’m confident she’ll be able to build, sustain, and expand partnerships.”

As the SBDC Director, Wolske is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of the SBDC, including advisory services to clients, oversight of budget activities, required reporting, and supervision of the International Trade Center. Additionally, Wolske will represent the SBDC program at a local and regional level within the economic development and business communities and collaborate closely with stakeholders throughout Champaign County and central Illinois.

“With her expertise and passion for entrepreneurship, we are confident that Madeleine’s contributions will build upon the strong foundation of the Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC,” stated Ericka White, State Director of the Illinois SBDC Network. “Additionally, her breadth and extensive knowledge will strengthen the Illinois program as she collaborates with her peers throughout the state.”

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC is part of the Illinois SBDC Network, one of the largest SBDC networks in the nation. Hosted by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and administered through DCEO’s Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology, the Illinois SBDC network provides information, confidential business guidance, training, and other resources for startups and existing small businesses. Services include one-on-one business advising, including business and marketing plan development, financial analysis and planning, access to market information and business financing programs, and business education and training opportunities.

“It’s a privilege to continue serving our business community at a greater capacity with the resources at SBDC,” stated Wolske. “I look forward to facilitating collaborative and inclusive opportunities for small business owners and actively working to reduce barriers within entrepreneurship. I’m excited to listen and connect with our small business community to better support their goals.”

Wolske can be reached at mw@cusbdc.org or 217-531-1991. Visit https://www.cusbdc.org/ to learn more about the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC.

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC is located at 1817 S. Neil Street, Suite 100, Champaign. SBDC meetings, available in person or virtually, are by appointment only. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC is funded through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO), and the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation; with additional support provided by EDC of Decatur and Macon County and the Midwest Inland Port.

About Champaign County Economic Development Corporation: 

The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) is a public-private partnership dedicated to fostering a cooperative, county-wide approach to economic development. CCEDC works to improve the economic well-being of all Champaign County through efforts that entail job creation, job retention, tax base enhancements, small business development, and promotion of quality of life. CCEDC brings together community partners to support economic development by aligning interests through productive relationships, open dialogue, and advocacy efforts. Learn more at https://www.champaigncountyedc.org/.

About Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Champaign County EDC: 

The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) is the host organization to the SBDC, a program of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO), which includes an International Trade Center (ITC). The SBDC provides information, confidential business guidance, training, programs, and other resources for startups, existing small businesses, and those who wish to start or sell a business. SBDC services are confidential and provided to hundreds of businesses annually at no cost. Learn more at https://www.cusbdc.org/.

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InnovaFeed Breaks Ground in Decatur

January 10, 2022 – French firm, InnovaFeed, broke ground Tuesday on what will become the world’s largest provider facility of insect protein.

InnovaFeed announced a strategic partnership with ADM in 2020 that will allow the facility to produce protein-rich feed, oils, and fertilizer through groundbreaking insect farming technology. The plant, which represents a 250 million dollar investment, will be located near the ADM plant in order to facilitate what InnovaFeed calls an “industrial symbiosis model” that will result in zero waste. This is accomplished by purchasing waste energy from ADM, piping the waste to the InnovaFeed plant, and then using that waste product to farm the insect proteins. Watch a video on the process HERE.

InnovaFeed plans to feed 10 billion people by 2050, either directly or indirectly through its production of animal and plant nutrition.

The target capacity for the Decatur plant will be around 60 thousand tons of protein, surpassing the company’s French plant capacity of 15 thousand tons, making Decatur’s plant the largest insect protein plant in the world.

In addition to the environmentally sustainable impact, the economic impact the plant will provide to the Decatur area. The plant will provide 280 direct jobs and at least 400 indirect jobs.

InnovaFeed anticipates the pilot facility will open late 2023 or early 2024.

“We are so excited that InnovaFeed is breaking ground today for many reasons,” said Nicole Bateman, President of the EDC of Decatur and Macon County. “Their story is one of not only innovation but sustainability and how a co-location model in their sustainable efforts can really be beneficial to a community and the development of future business efforts.”

We couldn’t be more proud to welcome InnovaFeed to Decatur,” said Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe. “We continue to attract innovative industries that fit perfectly within our community and also add to our ongoing revitalization efforts.”

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Millikin Creates New Agribusiness Major

November 8, 2022 – Millikin University announced a new major in agribusiness within their Tabor School of Business. Set to launch in fall 2023, the Bachelor of Science program will teach students to apply the fundamentals of business to agriculture and agriculture-adjacent industries.

The agribusiness major will provide students with a strong foundation in business and agriculture, along with a firm understanding of the science behind crops, soils, animals and sustainability. Specifically, students will learn how to navigate agriculture and business operations, evaluate financial decisions in the agriculture industry, make decisions about commodity markets and operate analytical and managerial technologies.

Once they’ve completed the program, agribusiness majors will have the business fundamentals and science background to excel in careers spanning the wide scope of the agriculture industry, from banking and commodities to elevator management.

Millikin’s decision to add an agribusiness major came from the sharp increase in demand from students and the growing number of management jobs in agriculture. RJ Podeschi, dean of the Tabor School of Business, cited a significant increase in third-party farm management for the surging demand for agribusiness candidates. The Tabor School of Business also recently added Business Communication and Cybersecurity degrees to their undergraduate programs.

Additionally, Millikin is filling a need for more agriculture programs across Illinois. Of the 285 colleges in Illinois, only 32 schools offered agriculture programs. The major is also intended to benefit local students interested in agribusiness. “Since the relaunch of the agricultural program at Richland Community College just over four years ago, enrollment has increased significantly,” said Jess Smithers, Director of Agricultural Programs at Richland. “We are excited to partner with Millikin to help ensure that the talent needs of Central Illinois’ largest and most important industry – agriculture – is sufficiently met.”

Through a partnership with Richland Community College, Millikin University is offering a 2+2 program agreement for students who graduate with an associate of arts degree with an agriculture concentration from Richland. “Richland Community College is pleased to partner with Millikin in the development of a transfer agreement, providing Richland agriculture students who complete the associate of arts degree with the option to transfer seamlessly into Millikin’s new agribusiness program,” commented Andy Hynds, Dean of Math, Science and Business at Richland.

“I think this program is a great fit for Millikin and Tabor,” said Podeschi. “We are seeing more students interested in agriculture as a result of quality programming through Future Farmers of America (FFA), and other initiatives at the middle and high school level. Millikin’s Performance Learning approach to education fits in with agribusiness in a very concrete way.”

Agribusiness students will also have a multitude of internship opportunities in Decatur and around Central Illinois. With several small grain elevators, cooperatives and agriculture operations nearby to a large global commodity trading firm, students will receive real-world experiences prior to graduation. From flying drones over fields to determine crop conditions to navigating the trading floor, the internship opportunities are just one of exceptional aspects of Millikin’s agribusiness program.

Millikin University’s Tabor School of Business develops students into entrepreneurs, strategists and innovators. By engaging in real-world business opportunities through professional internships, student-run ventures and managing Tabor’s $500k investment portfolio, graduates of the Tabor School of Business have a 100% graduate success rate.

Source: NowDecatur

ADM Expands with North America Microbiology Laboratory in Decatur

November 7, 2022 – ADM celebrated the opening of its new North America Microbiology Laboratory at the ADM Specialty Manufacturing Facility. The new facility doubles ADM’s current microbiology laboratory footprint and reflects a significant expansion of its testing capabilities, as well as its footprint in the Decatur community. 

“The expansion of ADM’s Specialty Manufacturing Facility demonstrates our commitment to growing our in-house testing capabilities and also our continued investment in the Decatur community,” said Veronica Braker, senior vice president, Global Operations at ADM. “This new facility will drive productivity and collaboration, accelerate innovation and bring even more high-level science and research employment opportunities to Decatur.” 

ADM’s Microbiology Laboratory is responsible for testing finished product from North America for lot release to the market. The lab initially started in the late 1960s, and has expanded five times through the years, with 2006 being the latest expansion next to ADM’s Decatur East plant. 

The new facility will provide testing services to more than 26 ADM manufacturing facilities located throughout North America. It features state-of-the-art technology providing access to the latest lab and testing innovation as well as the ability to process an exponentially higher volume of tests. The new lab will also allow the company to conduct advanced testing in-house such as kill-step validations for processing plants, including automation applications. 

In addition, the laboratory will become ISO 17025 accredited for the top five quality testing methods in early 2023 and will continue to expand its certification for other methods. A laboratory information management system will also be implemented at the new location in late 2023, allowing faster reporting to ADM clients. 

“We are very excited for this expansion because it enables greater innovation to unlock the power of nature in order to enrich the quality of life,” said Lee Perry, vice president, Quality and Food Safety at ADM. “The development of this state-of-the-art laboratory directly aligns with our mission and vision to strive for operational excellence, partner with operations to provide testing solutions and drive analytical performance.”

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AgReliant Genetics Announces $18 Million Investment in Decatur Foundation Seed Facility

WESTFIELD, Indiana (Nov. 1, 2022) – AgReliant Genetics today announced it will invest $18 million in capital improvements at its Decatur, Illinois, foundation seed facility. Scheduled over the next three years, the improvements will expand capacity and add the latest technology and automation to better serve farmers across the U.S. and Canada.

“These investments are part of our commitment to deliver one-of-a-kind, high performing corn hybrids to farmers through our AgriGold, LG Seeds and PRIDE Seeds brands,” said Drew DuBois, AgReliant Genetics Vice President Operations and Supply Chain.

DuBois said the investments will include state-of-the-art seed drying and processing systems, warehouse and office expansion, and equipment optimization – all with a goal of producing parent seed with more efficiency and at higher volumes. Parent seed forms the genetic foundation for the company’s unique product lines. New systems will optimize seed processing and add flexibility to supply farmers’ needs.

AgReliant Genetics’ significant investment reinforces the company’s presence in the Decatur community, DuBois said. New technologies and automation will lead to skilled employment opportunities, and construction will utilize regional contractors and local labor.

“The operations and employees at our Decatur site are critical components of our company’s future growth strategies,” he said. “AgReliant Genetics is committed to growth, innovation and customer service, and we believe this is a benefit to the Decatur community, as well as farmers across the country.”

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ABOUT AGRELIANT GENETICS

AgReliant Genetics delivers one-of-a-kind, high-performing hybrids farmers can’t get anywhere else. Regardless of the brand on the bag – AgriGoldLG Seeds or PRIDE Seeds – count on AgReliant Genetics for unique, diverse genetics with formidable yield and multiple trait options. Our seed-only focus opens new innovation for our brands and for our farmer customers, whether they grow corn, soybeans, sorghum or alfalfa. Learn more at AgReliantGenetics.com.

AgReliant Genetics and Design are registered trademarks of AgReliant Genetics, LLC and its related companies.

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