Governor Rauner attends General Mills opening in Wilmington

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“Gov. Bruce Rauner visited southern Will County Tuesday for the grand opening of a new General Mills warehouse.

The 1.5 million square-foot food distribution facility, located just off Interstate 55 in Wilmington, will provide about 200 full-time jobs and 150 part-time jobs, officials said.

“This is a great day for Illinois,” Rauner said during the ceremony. “Illinois is the heart of America and the heart of logistics and transportation. … This shows what we can do when we come together, Democrats and Republicans.”

He said that officials must continue to work together to reduce regulations and tax burdens to incentivize more business to open in Illinois.

Rauner said that his administration has helped to reduce regulations for businesses by about 15 percent in the last two years.

The General Mills warehouse is part of the planned 30 million square-foot RidgePort Logistics Center site, which already includes warehouses for Michelin Tires and Post Foods.

Michael Stellino, a managing director for site developer Ellion Partners, said a travel plaza for truck drivers also was built on the site to provide lodging and healthy food.

Wilmington Mayor Roy Strong said the site currently provides 13,000 jobs and could provide as many as 40,000 jobs when it is fully developed, which might not be until 2030.

The city is providing a $140 million Tax Increment Financing district as an incentive for the development.

Strong said the city made its first payment of about $700,000 in the form of a tax rebate to Michelin earlier this year.

He said the rebate money must be used for infrastructure.

Strong said the site was developed far away from residential areas to minimize the impact on residents from increased truck traffic.”

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