Progress is being made at the
ChicagoWest Business Center
FACEBOOK ANNOUNCES $800 MILLION INVESTMENT
The ChicagoWest Business Center in DeKalb, IL has been
selected for the new DeKalb Data Center
Krusinski Construction Company Helps Bring Facebook to Northern Illinois. Facebook’s $800 million investment will transform 505 acres into a new data center.
OAK BROOK, Ill., June 30, 2020 — Krusinski Construction Company (www.Krusinski.com), a leader in providing comprehensive construction services, welcomes Facebook to its ChicagoWest Business Center in DeKalb, Illinois. Facebook’s $800 million data center will be built on 505 acres of the 1,000 acre ChicagoWest Business Center property. This project validates the vision Krusinski Construction Company CEO Jerry Krusinski had when he first began assembling this unique property 14 years ago.
“Krusinski Construction Company is proud to have helped make Facebook’s investment in DeKalb possible,” said Krusinski. “We recognized the potential of this location for mission-critical data centers given its proximity to transmission voltage electrical power, abundant water supply, essential sanitary capacity, multiple broad-band carriers, easy access to interstate transportation, accessible utilities, and ready workforce. We are totally engaged in delivering on the first phase of this development as we provide the utility infrastructure and roadwork improvements necessary to make the project a success.”
For 14 years Krusinski spearheaded the effort to provide a viable opportunity for companies to locate tech operations in Illinois as opposed to neighboring states. He persisted through the 2008 recession and years of a non-competitive Illinois business environment, building coalitions, developing public/private partnerships, and sounding the alarm about the need to make Illinois more attractive for data centers.
“This project would never have been possible without the dogged determination of Jerry Krusinski and the support of Krusinski Construction Company,” said DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Paul Borek. “Jerry Krusinski is one of the thought leaders on this project. He and Krusinski Construction have been essential partners in taking on the varied challenges necessary to bring this project to fruition. The data center will help boost our industrial tax base and be a plus for the local economy. We look forward to our continued partnership with Krusinski.”
In addition to Krusinski Construction Company and the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, ComEd, the City of DeKalb elected officials and city manager and numerous other elected representatives, government officials and utilities helped make ChicagoWest Business Center in DeKalb a reality.
“There were days when I thought my vision might never come to pass, and so did many others,” said Krusinski. “Against all odds, we persevered, and Krusinski Construction is honored to welcome Facebook and share in this victory for DeKalb and the state of Illinois.
KEY FACTS ABOUT KRUSINSKI CONSTRUCTION COMPANY PROJECT
Krusinski Construction Company has under construction:
- More than two miles of Class II roadway improvements including a truck-rated roundabout and a four-way signalized intersection
- Approximately 3 miles of 16-inch water main
- Approximately 1.5 miles of deep gravity trunk sewer with capacity in excess of 4 million gallons per day
ABOUT KRUSINSKI CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
Krusinski Construction Company is a leader in providing comprehensive construction services by creating long-lasting partnerships with our clients throughout the entire design and construction process. The company delivers solutions to complex building projects in the Chicago area and across the country, working with a wide range of industries. Always operating with safety as the number one priority, Krusinski Construction Company invests in training and extensive quality control and testing programs. To learn more about Krusinski Construction Company, its capabilities, and values, visit www.Krusinski.com.
ABOUT CHICAGOWEST BUSINESS CENTER
The ChicagoWest Business Center (www.ChicagoWestBusinessCenter.com) is a 1,000-acre master-planned business park located about 60 miles west of Chicago with direct Interstate and rail access.
ABOUT DEKALB COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation (www.DCEDC.org) is a public-private partnership, established in 1987, that facilitates sustainable and diversified economic growth within DeKalb County, Illinois.
To watch Facebook’s announcement, please visit www.Facebook.com/DeKalbDataCenter
Meijer Foods Opens Supercenter in Sycamore, IL
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 9, 2020,/PRNewswire/ — Meijer opened five supercenters across the Midwest, Meijer President & Chief Executive Officer Rick Keyes announced today.
Located in Manitowoc, Wis., Sycamore, Ill., Bad Axe, Mich., and Brimfield and Lorain, Ohio, the 159,000-square-foot stores offer a state-of-the-art shopping experience, providing customers multiple ways to shop in a specialty store environment.
“These new stores reinforce our ongoing commitment to serving the needs of communities at a time when everyone is looking for a one-stop shopping experience,” Keyes said. “We look forward to providing our customers with fresh options and innovative ways to shop so they can get the items they need while keeping their families safe.”
Meijer anticipates the various digital shopping solutions it has developed will be equally popular at the new stores as they have been across the Midwest during the past few months. Customer usage of Shop & Scan, which allows shoppers to scan barcodes via a mobile app and bag their items as they shop, has made checkout easier. The Meijer Home Delivery and Pickup services have also helped encourage social distancing in communities across the Midwest.
Known for grocery options like more than 600 varieties of farm-fresh produce, 150 USD-certified organic items, and a full-service meat department, new Meijer stores also offer a pharmacy and general merchandise items more often found in specialty stores. That includes everything from women’s apparel – with on-trend styles in every size, on the same rack, at the same price – to beauty care, an expansive baby department and a pet department that offers 200 pet toys, 500 varieties of treats for dogs and cats and premium pet foods.
The new stores are currently operating under adjusted hours and maintaining strict coronavirus safety measures. Inside stores, safety decals will be visible on the floor where customers typically gather, and protective plexiglass shields are at every checkout station. Additionally, team members receive daily health screenings and temperature checks and are recommended to wear masks. Customers are requested to wear face coverings consistent with applicable state or local guidelines.
In addition to opening at 6 a.m. and closing at midnight local time, the retailer is also dedicating exclusive store hours to allow more time for senior citizens, customers with chronic health conditions, essential service workers, and team members to get their shopping essentials.
Prior to opening its doors, each of the stores demonstrated support in their respective communities by making donations to local organizations. In total, the new Meijer stores donated more than $150,000 to 16 charitable organizations in the five communities. As a company, Meijer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores work with local food banks and pantries to help fight hunger. Since 2008, the retailer’s Simply Give program has generated more than $57 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.
“Throughout the past few months, our Meijer team members have worked diligently to prepare these new stores amid unprecedented challenges, and for that, we are all proud and inspired,” Keyes said. “Our store teams are ready to keep our stores stocked and provide the cleanest shopping environment possible as we work together in the new communities that have welcomed us.”
About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 253 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys, and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.
Ferrara Candy Company selects the City of DeKalb
DeKalb’s abundant utility capacity and congestion-free access to the Midwest transportation network and are essential to large scale industrial development and national distribution operations.
DeKalb County’s sizable labor market extending throughout northern Illinois supports the development of new business operations and creates the opportunity to attract employees to live in our rich, dynamic communities.
DCEDC commends the City of DeKalb and DeKalb taxing bodies for expediting development and delivering prudent incentives that will expand the city’s economy for years to come.
Likewise, DeKalb County and the communities and taxing bodies that participate in the DeKalb County Enterprise Zone are to be commended. The Enterprise Zone is critical to attracting major development projects.
Finally, Jerry Krusinski’s diligent and resourceful investment in making the ChicagoWest Business Center “shovel ready” for mega-developments like the Ferrara Candy Company was critical to today’s commitment to the DeKalb County economy.
DCEDC is a public/private partnership working to facilitate sustainable economic growth within DeKalb County.
DeKalb County Market Facts
- Over $140 million in capital investment, 450,000 sq. feet of development and over 800 jobs created in 2017.
- The DeKalb County Labor Market includes over 611,000 workers residing within a 40 mile radius.
- Located on I-88 in the center of the I-39 Corridor, DeKalb County affords congestion-free access to Metro Chicago destinations and Mid-American markets via I-55, I-57, I-80, I-90, and I-94.
- Convenient access to O’Hare, Midway and Rockford airports.
- 1,250 acres of shovel ready development sites available.
- Enterprise Zone with pre-approved state and local development incentives in place.
- DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport is a full-service, all-weather airport with a newly commissioned ILS on our 7,025 foot Runway 2 as well as GPS approaches to all runways.
- The SK Hand Tools Building was completed in a remarkable 16 weeks.
- 3M’s fifth DeKalb Distribution Center, a 650,000 square foot facility, was completed in Park 88 by Clayco and Venture One Real Estate in 4 months.
- Northern Illinois University and Kishwaukee College provide opportunities for growth, education, and training for your workforce.
Hear from 3M’s Director of Supply Chain Operations Jason Dickinson, beginning at minute marker 22.00 to hear WHY DeKalb County Illinois is 3M’s largest and most efficient 3M Distribution Centers in the World! DCEDC State of the County & 3M Keynote Address *Google Drive has been used to embed the video*