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Economy

New Owner for Vacant Plant in NW Illinois

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Whiteside County Economic Development
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A warehouse and distribution company from Ohio may boost the economy of Rock Falls and Whiteside County. Robinson Investments, based in the city of Bellefontaine, has bought the former Stanley Black and Decker Plant that's been vacant for nearly eight years.

The Whiteside County Economic Development office says the 640,000 square foot building is located on 124 acres just a quarter mile from Interstate 88. 

Robinson Investments currently operates 4.6 million square feet of warehousing, manufacturing, and commercial space around the country, and is looking for tenants for what it will call the I-88 Distribution Center.  

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.