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New Plant and Jobs Planned for Davenport

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Will these products soon say "made in Davenport?"
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Mayor Frank Klipsch making the announcement, flanked by City Administrator Corri Spiegel and city aldermen.

A new plant and hundreds of new jobs are in the works for Davenport. If all goes according to plan, Sterilite Corporation will start producing plastic housewares next year.

Mayor Frank Klipsch says Sterilite is planning a 2.5 million square foot building for manufacturing and distribution in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center, at I-80 and Northwest Boulevard. It would invest 73 million dollars in the project, pending approval of state and local incentives.

"Our region's skilled workforce was a key component in the decision to locate this new facility here in Davenport and in our area. It is also why they wanted to create 500 new jobs here in our community."

 
Sterilite Corporation is the largest maker of plastic housewares in North America, including food storage, laundry, and utility products. Currently its has 6 plants in 6 states, and Davenport would be its 7th.

City incentives would total more than 17 million dollars, split between infrastructure projects such as road and utility connections and long term property tax rebates. The state of Iowa will be asked to help pay for some of the infrastructure improvements, and provide job training assistance. 

Ground could be broken this spring, and the new plant could open in a year, starting with about 150 of the 500 total jobs. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.