New I-80 Interchange Open in Grundy County!

For the first time in 30 years, there is a brand new interchange on I-80 in Illinois District 3 and its open for business in Grundy County.

Surrounded by more than 12,000 acres of Greenfield space ready for industrial development, the Brisbin exit is located midway between the Morris (exit #112) and Minooka (exit #122) interchanges along I-80.   The new interchange will serve the heart of Grundy County’s existing industrial base, comprised of A&R Transport, Akzo Nobel, Aux Sable Liquid Products, and LyondellBasell located on U.S. Route 6. The corridor around the interchange boasts massive energy resources, including natural gas pipelines, a ComEd substation, and one of only four 765kV lines in the country, which runs parallel to Brisbin Road. The region will also be served by the County’s first Economic Development Project Area (EDPA) which is managed by the County and can provide economic incentives to new development projects.

For more than a decade, the County of Grundy and the communities of Channahon, Minooka, and Morris collaborated towards that common goal in partnership with the GEDC, local industry and leadership from the state and federal offices that serve Grundy County. On October 15, community leaders both past and present gathered on the bridge deck at Brisbin Road for a dedication ceremony to celebrate the culmination of those efforts, and ceremoniously unveiled the interchange sign to I-80 marking the project’s completion.

Trader Joe’s selects Minooka for new DC

After conducting a multi-state site search, California based grocer Trader Joe’s East selected a 57 acre site in Minooka, IL for its newest distribution center. The development includes two facilities totaling 750,000 square feet. Construction began in November of 2012 and operations are expected to be underway by early 2014. The project is expected to create 500 new jobs for the Grundy County region.