Carl Buddig meat company has announced it will purchase the vacant Butterball facility in Montgomery, bringing 250 new jobs to the village.
The 280,000-square-foot former Butterball processing plant closed nearly a year ago.
“We have a very solid manufacturing core as well as a strong workforce here in the village of Montgomery,” said Village President Matt Brolley. “The plant has always been used for meat processing, which makes it an ideal facility for Buddig.”
Buddig CEO Bob Buddig said the company is looking to start production in Montgomery in the spring. The plant will be used for lunch meat and specialty meat production.
Officials say the new operation will employ some 250 people this year and 350 workers by the fifth year of operation.
There was a competition going on with Indiana, with both states vying for the project.
“Any time an Illinois manufacturer is able to expand, especially within our borders, it is a case for celebration,” said Mark Denzler, with the Illinois Manufacturers Association.
The state has approved $3.9 million over a period of 10 years in EDGE tax incentives — officially known as the Economic Development for a Growing Economy program — if Buddig fulfills benchmarks for job creation and capital investment, according to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
The tax breaks helped in choosing Illinois over Indiana, where Buddig has a distribution center, Buddig said. But the primary reasons for picking Montgomery were timing and opportunity, he said.
Montgomery officials have been working on the project since the closing of the Butterball facility last July.
Montgomery Village Administrator Jeff Zoephel and village officials had “direct contact with representatives from Buddig as they were making their decision.”
Zoephel said he and his staff are available to help company officials with any assistance they may need. He said the village has already discussed the hiring process with the company and have offered space at Village Hall to conduct interviews.
“This is a great day for the village of Montgomery,” said state Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego). “An investment of this magnitude will offer not only relief for this resilient community, but tremendous opportunity in the years to come.”