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Chinese manufacturing execs review Hennepin site

Final site selection expected this summer

The North Central Illinois Economic Development Corp. and local officials recently hosted a Chinese delegation as they toured Hennepin's industrial area. At far left is Ivan Baker, president of NCIEDC, and at far right is Steve Malavolti, chairman of the Putnam County Board. The Chinese are expected to announce their final site selection this summer. Also on hand were Hennepin Mayor Kevin Coleman, NCI Chairman Steve Aubry, and NCI Manager Gina Czubachowski.
The North Central Illinois Economic Development Corp. and local officials recently hosted a Chinese delegation as they toured Hennepin's industrial area. At far left is Ivan Baker, president of NCIEDC, and at far right is Steve Malavolti, chairman of the Putnam County Board. The Chinese are expected to announce their final site selection this summer. Also on hand were Hennepin Mayor Kevin Coleman, NCI Chairman Steve Aubry, and NCI Manager Gina Czubachowski.

HENNEPIN — Chinese manufacturing executives from one of the 300 largest companies in the world toured the Hennepin area recently through an arranged site visit by the North Central Illinois Economic Development Corp.

During their five-day visit, the company reviewed two sites in Illinois for a new manufacturing operation.

Hennepin Mayor Kevin Coleman, Putnam County Board Chairman Steve Malavolti and NCI officials — Chairman Steve Aubry, President Ivan Baker and Manager Gina Czubachowski — joined other officials to welcome the executives and promote the region.

“Promoting the region for development and new, good-paying jobs is the goal of NCI,” said Aubry. “We made sure the team was in place to answer questions and that our presentations were professional and world-class.”

Only the NCI professionally promotes the three-county Illinois Valley region for new industrial development, according to the group. No other organization can or will do the promotion necessary to encourage regional development.

“Our North Central Illinois team made sure that our prospect knew the advantages and expansion opportunities available in our region,” Coleman said.

More visits are expected over the next few months as the corporate executives anticipate making a location decision this year.

NCI was recently one of only eight Illinois economic developers promoting to the world’s Top Site Selection Consultants at the annual Site Selectors Guild conference. The group also sponsored and promoted the region at the primary Chicago Marketing Event for 700 brokers, developers and real estate executives. For more information, visit www.northcentralillinois.org.

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