DeKalb County Projects named top developments

DCEDC is proud to share that two major projects in DeKalb County have been recognized and awarded by prominent national organizations.

Facebook Inc. d/b/a/ Goldframe, LLC  has started construction of its 12th data center in the City of DeKalb, an $800-million investment of a 907,000-square-foot building.  Upon completion, the data center will employ a staff of approximately 100. Staff will consist of technicians, engineers, facility managers, logistics professionals, and security personnel.  It will also be one of the most energy- and water-efficient data centers in the world. Energy giant, ComEd will provide clean renewable energy to the site from their proposed substation that will be built near the site. Minneapolis, MN-based Mortenson is the General Contractor for the mega project.

Ferrara Candy Company’s $100-million distribution complex, a 1.2-million-square-foot distribution center, and a 468,000-square-foot packing center have been completed by Krusinski Construction Co. and expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2021.  Upon completion, Ferrara will employ approximately 500 employees.

Facebook Inc, d/b/a/ Goldframe, LLC was recently awarded the prestigious 2021 Corporate Investment Community Impact Award, also known as the CiCi Award, by Trade & Industrial Development, a national site selection publication.  Ferrara was named the winner of the Industrial Broker Transaction of the Year by the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks Chicago Chapter, a development trade association.

The national recognition of the projects is a priceless promotion of DeKalb County as a competitive, productive, and profitable location for corporate investment and business operation.

As part of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, DCEDC’s 4th goal is to brand the “DeKalb County Experience”, focusing on the county’s unique assets.  The branding program is called “Opportunity Unbound”. Implementation and execution of this program will accelerate the attraction of business, investment, and human resource talent to DeKalb County.  Increased business and community development will expand and diversify the tax base; help reduce tax rates and enhance the quality of life in the county.

DCEDC extends our sincere congratulations to Facebook and Ferrara.  We will continue to work in harmony with our countywide businesses, community partners/residents, and public partners as we continue our work of enhancing DeKalb County.

To read the articles published in the Daily Chronicle, please click on the link- Daily Chronicle 01262021