Global Distribution Company Chooses Illinois for Expansion; Will Create Approximately 90 Jobs
MASCOUTAH, Ill. ï¿½ June 14, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today joined executives from North Bay Produce, Inc. in opening the international companyï¿½s new refrigerated warehouse at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah. As part of Governor Quinnï¿½s commitment to boosting Illinoisï¿½ economy, the company announced it will create 10-15 permanent and 80 seasonal jobs once the facility is fully operational.
According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, May was the ninth straight month of declining unemployment in Illinois.
ï¿½North Bayï¿½s decision to locate its global distribution facility at MidAmerica Airport reinforces the Metro Eastï¿½s role as a key transportation hub to the world,ï¿½ Governor Quinn said. ï¿½Our goal is to make Illinois the inland port of the nation, and we remain committed to ensuring the Metro East continues to play a vital role in our economic growth.ï¿½
The companyï¿½s expansion to MidAmerica Airport is a key step in its plans to open the Asian trade lane that is integral to the companyï¿½s future growth. The fresh produce marketing and distribution company will serve as the new anchor tenant for the airportï¿½s international trade route linking the Americas with Asia. The new $5.7 million, 36,448-square-foot facility can hold 1,317,600 pounds of product, which arrive from all over the world year round.
ï¿½With this new state-of-the-art facility, the international reach this site brings to the business model, and the opportunity to be in this great Midwest area, I know we found in MidAmerica Airport the best new home for our expansion,ï¿½ noted Mark Girardin, president of North Bay Produce. ï¿½This new location will allow our quality product to maintain the freshest, quickest-to-market character at a great value, and weï¿½re excited to get our operations here up and running.ï¿½
North Bay Produce, Inc. is an international, grower-owned, year-round, fresh produce marketing and distribution cooperative, headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. The companyï¿½s 25 stockholders are located in the United States, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru. Its multi-year search for an additional central United States location with great logistics ingredients led North Bay to MidAmerica Airport.
Under Governor Quinn's leadership, DCEO has worked diligently to identify and aggressively court companies like North Bay Produce that are looking to expand their global reach. Governor Quinn has long supported MidAmericaï¿½s efforts to build a large cargo hub at the airport, with MidAmericaï¿½s director accompanying the Governor on his trade mission to China last year. Illinois ranks first in the Midwest for trade and as a destination for foreign investment. The Governor will continue to build on this success by playing a key role in marketing Illinois' world-class attributes abroad and personally meeting with companies to recruit them to Illinois.
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