Jobs & A Billion Dollar Fertilizer Plant

Tuscola – A harvested corn field.  Soon to provide 2,000 construction jobs and 175 permanent jobs.  Along with a $1.4 billion investment from Cronus Chemical for a new fertilizer plant.

Cronus and Governor Pat Quinn officially announced the new fertilizer plant on a windy morning in Douglas County.  It is the largest private investment in central Illinois since Chrysler & Mitsubishi combined to build an auto plant in Normal in 1988.

“The best social program ever devised is a job.  The best way to fight poverty is a job,” Quinn told WAND News State Capitol reporter Doug Wolfe.  “The best way to fight crime is a job.  And the best way to have a middle class in Illinois and America is a J-O-B.”

State Representative Adam Brown, (R) Champaign and State Senator Chapin Rose, (R) Mahomet, moved a $52 million economic and tax incentive package through the legislature.  The package was key in attracting the plant which considered 9 states and 76 sites before choosing Tuscola.

The Tuscola site is located in the heart of Illinois farm country.  It is located close to a natural gas pipeline needed for fertilizer production.  It also has easy access to Interstate 57 and a CSX rail line.

The permanent jobs are attractive.  Paying on average $75,000 to $80,000 with wages and benefits combined.

(Pictured: Governor Pat Quinn announces the Cronus fertilizer plant.)

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