MORRIS – A 1.5-million-square-foot distribution facility is in the works for somewhere in Grundy County, according to the Grundy Economic Development Council newsletter.
“Project Swiss,” as it’s being called, would be a $55-to-$65-million investment with 180 employees. The company behind it is considering at least four different sites in the county – three outside of Morris city limits and one in Minooka.
“It is evidently a company that already exists in Grundy County but is looking to expand,” said Morris Mayor Dick Kopczick. “They would like to stay here and are looking at different options.”
Describing the project as “covert” with little information shared, Kopczick said he knows there are three locations that could be annexed into Morris city limits with proper zoning if the company chooses one of them.
One option is on the west side of Route 47 across from Morris Municipal Airport. A second is at the corner of Route 6 and Gun Club Road. The third option is at the Five Star Industrial Park anticipated at the corner of Route 6 and Brisbin Road. A potential site in Minooka is already under construction, he said.
“They’re looking at a single building,” he said. “In all three of [the potential Morris sites], 1.5 million square feet would not take up all of the land, so there would be opportunities for other businesses to open up there.”
The city for years has pushed, with Minooka and Channahon, for an industrial corridor at the Brisbin Road interchange, where the municipalities share borders.
In June, the Morris City Council approved an ordinance for the preliminary plat of Five Star Industrial Park at the southwest corner of Route 6 and Brisbin Road.
News of a selection may come by the end of September.