January 10, 2022 – French firm, InnovaFeed, broke ground Tuesday on what will become the world’s largest provider facility of insect protein.

InnovaFeed announced a strategic partnership with ADM in 2020 that will allow the facility to produce protein-rich feed, oils, and fertilizer through groundbreaking insect farming technology. The plant, which represents a 250 million dollar investment, will be located near the ADM plant in order to facilitate what InnovaFeed calls an “industrial symbiosis model” that will result in zero waste. This is accomplished by purchasing waste energy from ADM, piping the waste to the InnovaFeed plant, and then using that waste product to farm the insect proteins.

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Captain Jack’s Beverages

Captain Jack’s Beverages opened in July 2018, brings specialty beers, wines, liquor and cigars to the Village of Worth, A long vacant store was transformed into an attractive building on the main street of Worth. The Enterprise Zone, helped make this family business financially possible.

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Luv 2 Play-Alsip

When Sears Retail Center closed their Alsip location, this property sat vacant for several years. Early in 2018, Luv 2 Play, a national franchise chose Alsip, Illinois as their newest location. Being in an Enterprise Zone helped make the project financially viable. They join Charter Fitness, and Four Seasons Leisure Living, in improving the area, and bringing a great family entertainment venue to Alsip and surrounding areas. The Village of Alsip is excited to welcome Luv 2 Play, and the real estate tax base increase their project brings.

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Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc.

Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc., founded and headquartered Springfield, is a global technology solutions company. They recently invested an estimated $21 million to expand their corporate headquarter office, demolishing four older structures to make room for a new modern facility, adding approximately 75,000 to 80,000 square feet to the main office located at 2401 W. Monroe. This development will allow the company to retain 300 staff members and attract the additional workforce needed to help their business grow. The company intends to complete construction in the winter of 2018.

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Jimmy Johns

Jimmy John’s brand new location in the Village of Rantoul is perfectly poised to serve the 27,000 vehicles that pass through on I-57 daily. This 1.5 million dollar project has created 10 new positions in the Village of Rantoul. The site, located at 710 and 710 1/2 W. Champaign Ave. (U.S. 136), opened on September 12, 2017.

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