UPDATE: The company BNSF is leasing out the former Maytag plant in Galesburg as a storage facility for wind turbines.
BNSF, or Burlington Northern Santa Fe, will deliver these turbines to wind farms throughout the United States. The company reached out to the city about six weeks ago to negotiate a deal. Now city leaders say the company should be arriving to the building as soon as this week.
The Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development has been trying to fill the vacant Maytag building for 12 years. Ken Springer, President of The Economic Development Partnership said the agreement is a step in the right director for Galesburg.
“We could start seeing wind turbine blades showing up as early as this week,” said Springer, “I know that there was some urgency on the part of the company to get this thing moving.”
Ontop of creating job, city officials said the new business will boost the local economy.
“We expect to see some additional spin-off in terms of restaurants, gasoline, and maybe hotel stays as they transport in and out,” said Springer.
The building was an “eye sore” for some as they drove by and saw the overgrown weeds and large empty building. “From an aesthetic standpoint, it’s always better to see a site being used instead of sitting vacant,” said Springer, “So I think it’s going to bring more life to that area of the community.”
GALESBURG, Ill. (KWQC) — The former Maytag Manufacturing plant in Galesburg has a new purpose. A company will lease the facility to store blades for wind turbines.
The project is expected to create three to five jobs, a far cry from the hundreds of workers who once worked at the appliance factory before it closed in 2004.
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