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Category:  Manufacturing

GFC started small and has developed its product into an internationally known brand. The Bale Band-It is an automatic small square bale packaging machine.  Taking small square bales directly from the baler, the Bale Band-It stacks the bales 3 high and 7 deep creating a 21 bale bundle that ca...

Westermeyer Industries

Category:  Manufacturing

Gary Westermeyer founded Westermeyer Industries in 2001 at his home after spending many years in the component manufacturing sector of the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. The Westermeyer's then developed its manufacturing facility in their hometown of Bluffs, IL. More than just a supplier, Westermeyer Industries strives to be a component and accessor...

The CEO Program Trains Young Entrepreneurs in the I-72 Corridor

Category:  Success Stories

High school students in the I-72 Corridor have a unique opportunity to expand their education beyond the classroom through participation in the Morgan-Scott, Pike or Greene-Calhoun CEO Programs. This innovative program is designed to teach students business skills in a business environment. Whereas typical classes focus on theoretical learning, th...

A Young Professional Reconnects with Her Jacksonville Roots While Growing Her Career

Category:  Success Stories

Erin Kleinlein is a Project Manager at Turner Painting & Construction in Jacksonville. When she relocated from South Carolina, Erin was looking forward to reconnecting with her roots but was unsure of what life would be like in small-town Illinois. What she found, surprised her. In Jacksonville, she has ha...

As the Operations Manager for CCK Automations, Rich Klinker is Growing His Career in Jacksonville

Category:  Success Stories

Meet Rich Klinker - a young professional who moved from the East Coast to further his career in Jacksonville, Illinois. Rich Klinker, Operations Manager for CCK Automations, is thrilled to be growing his career in Jacksonville, Illinois. “As an operations professional, I have worked for manufacturing companies, but never for ...

Cameron Jones is Building a Career and Family in the I-72 Opportunity Corridor

Category:  Success Stories

"This area is full of people who desire to help each other and to better the lives of those around them.  Having the opportunity to work with these kind of people makes every day enjoyable and fulfilling." Cameron Jones, a Professional Engineer and Surveyor in Training with Benton & Associates, Inc....

Harpole’s Heartland Lodge Bring Over 20,000 People to the I-72 Corridor

Category:  Success Stories

Twenty-three years ago, Gary Harpole had a vision to help grow the economy in his family’s hometown of Nebo, Illinois. Having traveled abroad, he saw Western Illinois with fresh eyes, appreciating the incredible beauty and tranquility of the area. He knew that people would fall in love with Pike an...

Lawyer, and Chicago-Native, Samantha Dudzinski Chose to Build Her Career in Jacksonville

Category:  Success Stories

Samantha Dudzinski is an attorney with Rammelkamp Bradney, P.C., based out of their Jacksonville location.  She is an associate with the firm, concentrating in labor, employment, the public sector, and school law. As an associate, she has the opportunity to gain experience across many practice areas while working with th...

I 72 Opportunity Corridor 2 South Main Street Winchester, Illinois  62694
Phone 217.243.8765