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Posted on: March 13, 2017

Economic Development Overview-- Industrial

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Revitalizing the industrial corridors along the east side of the city remains a primary focus for Mayor David A. Gonzalez.

The history and growth of the City of Chicago Heights relied heavily on the industrialization of the east side due to its booming industries and access to highways. In recent decades many cities, including Chicago Heights, experienced an industrial decline as major industries in the Midwest began to shift their manufacturing bases overseas.

"We see many opportunities to redevelop our industrial base because of our infrastructure and close proximity to the expressways,” Mayor Gonzalez said. "The east side of the city is experiencing new industrial growth and expansion of light industry because of the city's economic development initiatives and the work of the Chicago Heights Development Corp."

One important tool for revitalizing the industrial corridor has been the City’s aggressive approach to acquiring tax delinquent properties in the industrial areas. “Acquiring tax delinquent properties and reselling those properties to local businesses is one of the greatest assets the City of Chicago Heights can have for economic growth,” said CHDC Consultant Jack Hynes. The acquisition and reissuing of the delinquent parcels not only puts these properties back onto the city tax roll, but creates opportunity for local businesses to expand their facilities and create more job opportunities for city residents.


AAL Organic Food Recyclers

  • AAI Organic Food Recyclers purchased a 215,000 square foot vacant building at 300 Joe Orr Road.
    • Previously tax delinquent property back on tax roll.
    •  Created 30 new job opportunities.

Gerresheimer Glass

  • Gerrsheimer Glass finished $15 million renovation.
  •  Renovation included updating offices and equipment.

NuFarm Americas, Inc.

  • NuFarm completed an additional $18 million update to their current facility.
    • Consolidated their Canadian warehouse and moved it to Chicago Heights.
    • Created 50 new jobs in the are.

Wilkins Rebuilders

  • Wilkins Rebuilders purchased tax delinquent property.
    • Current 10,000 square foot building and 5 acre property now back on tax rolls.
    • Building $800,000 25,000 square foot warehouse.

K & S Tires

  • K & S Tires purchased a 25,000 square foot property at 300 State Street.
    • Previously tax delinquent property back on tax roll.
    • Will reactivate taxes on the property and invest $1 million in improvements.

Voestalpine

  •  Completed a $3 million renovation to their current facility.

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