Project leaders show off future Embassy Suites hotel’s progress

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The Amerock building, until recently, has sat empty in downtown Rockford. A multi-million dollar rehab project is looking to turn the once proud manufacturing powerhouse into a hotel for those visiting the forest city.
 
On Wednesday, project leaders, like Senior Project Manager of Gorman and Company Mike Ritter,  showed off the progress being made.
 
“We’re slated to be done by December and we’re on track for that,” Ritter said.
 
Construction is moving smoothly on the nearly $90 million project. The former Amerock building is transforming into an Embassy Suites hotel.
 
It’s been six months since the last update. During then, only the outer shell was complete. Now, the interior is taking shape.
 
Gorman and Company Senior Project Manager Mike Ritter says staying on schedule has been a team effort.
 
“We’ve had really great subcontractors pushing forward and getting us on our critical path and staying there,” Ritter said.
 
With steady progress being made, project leaders are starting to focus on the bigger picture.
 
“Allows us to compete for events that frankly Rockford wasn’t able to compete before,” Gary Corman,
Chairman of Gorman and Company, said.
 
Gorman says in his experience, across several states, a major project like the Amerock will help bring new life to the forest city.
 
“Where there is a major investment in an area that has been challenged and once there is that major investment than others follow with additional capital and that revitalizes those downtown areas,” Gorman said.
 
Gorman also believes the projects location near the UW Sports Factory should attract larger tournaments and it’s visitors to Rockford as well.
 
“Having a place to stay within walking distance having the facilities frankly kids would enjoy like the pool and the game room that’s an important factor in them choosing where to have their tournament,” Gorman said.

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