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Substation prepared for growth in Grundy County

$28 million expansion anticipates new industry, businesses in region

State Rep. David Welter (R-Morris) speaks at the legislative event for the expanded ComEd Channahon Substation on Monday, July 9.
State Rep. David Welter (R-Morris) speaks at the legislative event for the expanded ComEd Channahon Substation on Monday, July 9.

CHANNAHON – Cooperation was the theme at an event recognizing the expansion of the ComEd substation Monday on U.S. 6.

Representatives from ComEd, local government and economic development spoke about the growth the area can expect in the region.

Grundy County Board Chairman Chris Balkema, R-District 2, reflected on the fact that five years earlier, a similar group was gathered for the opening of the Brisbin Road interchange over Interstate 80.

“New business is absolutely the next step,” Balkema said “There are opportunities at all four corners of the interchange.”

The substation recently was expanded and livened, according to a press release from ComEd. The expansion had a $28 million pricetag. The substation will provide upgraded energy capacity for Morris, Minooka and Channahon.

Sheila Owens, vice president of ComEd economic and business development, credited the new Costco facility in Morris with demonstrating the need for upgraded energy systems in the region.

State Rep. David Welter, R-Morris, was on hand and said that, in his experience first on the Grundy County board and now as the representative for the 75th District, whenever big things need to happen in the area, all of the stakeholders come together to get it done quickly.

“The investment here is an investment in the future,” Welter said.

Nancy Norton, president and chief executive officer of the Grundy County Economic Development Council, said the expansion was a demonstration that Grundy County is ripe for growth.

She said her office will receive requests for proposal asking what utilities certain areas can provide, including power distribution. Norton said ComEd is one of the first to respond with the information needed.

“Economic development is a team effort, and we’ve got a first-class team,” Norton said.

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