Keokuk, IA – One Keokuk-based business has been honored for keeping its operations in the city. Even though Metso Minerals closed last October, work is still being done at its plant in Keokuk. Morse Rubber LLC purchased Metso's rubber production line and has been in service for more than 3 months. President Pat Boyd says the company has received more local assistance than loans and tax abatements. The company received certificates of appreciation from the city and economic development leaders for its local investment. Morse Rubber employs 24 people.
Macomb, IL – McDonough county leaders will begin scanning applications for the ESDA Director's position this week. Board chairman Bob Harwick says nine applications have been turned in. More than 20 were picked up by interested persons. Harwick says the committee will look for police or fire experience when it chooses. He says the administrative knowledge will come as the successful applicant begins the state-required training. Harwick hopes the committee can begin interviewing applicants next week. ESDA funding for McDonough County is shared by the county, city and university.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk's mayor expects big things for the city in 2006. Mayor Dave Gudgel used his 5th State of the City address to tout Keokuk's accomplishments over the last 4 years and to look ahead to the future. He says new businesses, plant expansions, city beautification, and property development will have a major impact on Keokuk during 2006. Gudgel says Keokuk is on the path to become a leader in alternative energy and in shipping and transportation.
Peoria, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold a series of hearings next month to seek comment on revised corridors for Route 336. The department has dropped some possible alignments and added others for the proposed highway between Macomb and Peoria. Engineer Scot LaSalle says the department will take the comments from the March hearings and return with what could be a final plan in about a year. Among the changes being suggested are a different intersection where the corridor meets with the proposed bypass on the east side of Macomb.