First company joins Rock 39 Industrial Park

Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott H. Christiansen (R) has announced the county has retained the internationally-known trucking company Con-Way Freight, Inc., in this region, as the first company in Rock 39 Industrial Park.

Christiansen’s intention is to continue his effort to retain existing local businesses and assist them with any expansion plans. He hopes other local businesses will consider Rock 39 Industrial Park as this development constitutes “shovel-ready dirt” for larger parcels of land. The county identified the Logistics Industry as one of the core strengths in a recent study funded by the County Board. Rock 39 fits that need perfectly.

The County Economic Development staff, in cooperation with Venture One Real Estate, LLC, and the officials and staff of the Village of Cherry Valley and Rock River Water Reclamation District, have assisted in retaining this company within the region for their desired expansion. They are land-locked and needed to grow or risk losing business opportunities.

In a letter from Con-Way Freight, they stated: “Our solution for this problem is to build a new, larger facility. By strategically relocating the new service center, we will be able to expand our next-day and second-day guaranteed services.”

Con-Way Freight, Inc., plans to move from their 42-door facility at 401 Harrison Ave. to a large 100-door facility at Baxter Road and I-39 in the I-39 logistics corridor. The total investment for the new facility is expected to be in excess of $7.5 million, and will help retain 56 jobs and create about 10 new jobs upon completion, and possibly more in the future. This expansion will provide a significant benefit to Winnebago County’s logistics and industrial base, as it will enhance the transportation options and services available. Con-Way Freight, Inc., is looking forward to a long and continuing prosperous partnership with Winnebago County and Winnebago County is proud to have such a stellar company as the first tenant at Rock 39.

Continent-wide, Con-Way employs about 21,000 employees, including six terminals built in Mexico and others in Canada. They have moved more than 14 million shipments weighing nearly 17 billion pounds across 730 million miles. They are also planning a large expansion elsewhere in Illinois.

from the Aug 7-14, 2007, issue

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