Rauner welcomes General Mills distribution center to Wilmington
Gov. Bruce Rauner was on hand for the dedication of a new General Mills facility that could help breathe new life into the Wilmington-area economy.
General Mills is home to such brands as Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and Haagen-Dazs, and its 1.5 million-square-foot distribution center at the RidgePort Logistics Center is expected to employ as many as 150 residents, a release from the governor's office said.
“Illinois is the nation’s logistics and distribution hub,” Rauner said in the release. “As a business person, I can see why General Mills has chosen our central location: our unmatched transportation systems and, most important, our pool of highly skilled Illinois workers. Seeing this facility open is testimony to our state’s central role in the distribution of goods to every part of the nation.”
State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) hailed the new alliance as “a tremendous boost” for Will and Grundy counties.
The General Mills center sits at the heart of the 2,500-acre RidgePort Logistics Center, the largest planned, rail-served industrial park in the local market, boasting nearly 31 million square feet of potential development.