A new facility worth millions of dollars is expected to improve the Stateline’s manufacturing industry.
Construction for the project began Monday. This project will be the new distribution center for plastics fabricator Siffron.
The manufacturing company is consolidating a number of smaller facilities into this new project.
The fact that this local business chose to stay and re-invest in the Stateline is a big victory for Loves Park and Illinois.
“To see an Illinois business stay here is a win,” said Representative Adam Kinzinger, (R)-16th District.
Siffron broke ground on a new $20 million project Monday afternoon.
The a retail merchandising company is consolidating several smaller facilities into a 319,000 square feet distribution center in Loves Park.
“It’s inefficient to be in multiple facilities,” said Drew Phillips, Chief Operating Officer at siffron. “Also, we have about 90,000 square feet we’re taking up in our current manufacturing facility in Rockford. It’s also going to free up manufacturing space in our Rockford facility for future expansion.”
Executives considered number of other locations in Illinois, but chose Loves Park because of its location.
“One, we wanted to to be close to our current Rockford manufacturing facilities,” Phillips said. “This is about eight miles from there. It’s got good highway access, so we’re able to do that. It allows us to keep our current distribution staffing and their skill set.”
“The access to the highways here is very important,” Kinzinger said. “Obviously the closeness to Wisconsin and other areas. The airport is nearby if you have cargo that wants to fly out, so the transportation infrastructure in the Rockford area is amazing.”
The new facility is being built near Interstate 90 in a spot that’s seen a lot of action lately, with Mercyhealth’s new hospital and Costco going up nearby, plus, officials say there’s more to come.
“There’s a couple manufacturing plants that have already been built,” said Greg Jury, Mayor of Loves Park. “This one will be the first of probably two or three more here in the next couple months that we’ve been working on.”
“That’s what you see in development,” Kinzinger said. “You get some kind of an anchor point at some point and then you’ll see development build around it and there may be more coming, and it’s great to see this in addition to all the great stuff we’ve been seeing out here.”
Construction has already begun. The new facility is scheduled to be up and running by December.