Multinational’s investment at Kankakee plant earns 2014 Edie Award
Kankakee County’s largest industry – global niche pharmaceutical leader CSL Behring – was honored with an Edie Award by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Development Council in June for having one of the most significant economic impacts in the state. The Australia-based company, which has sister locations in 30 countries, locally has added 200 jobs since 2011.
The investments made at the CSL Behring Kankakee facility created a 140% capacity increase for base fractionation of human plasma and 200% capacity increase for albumin production. This required the construction of several new buildings which included: state-of-the-art pharmaceutical grade manufacturing suites; a new warehouse, a new packaging line; a Quality Control laboratory expansion, and utility systems that support the new areas. These investments were made to ensure that CSL Behring has manufacturing capacity to serve patients now and well into the future.
CSL Kankakee was one of only six in the state of Illinois to be recognized with an Edie in 2014.
“These are six examples of companies that are investing or re-investing in our state and creating jobs,” said Doug Whitley, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is proud to be working with the IDC, and to have ComEd as a sponsor, recognizing the exciting developments that were completed across Illinois last year.”
The Illinois Chamber and IDC believe it’s important to showcase recent accomplishments — especially when they translate into more jobs, tax base and economic vitality in Illinois.
“These companies, and local economic development teams, are in the trenches across the state, creating jobs and investing in our communities,” said Steve Warren, Senior Business Development Director at Ameren and current Chairman of the Illinois Development Council. “We want to reinforce the notion that economic development like this is central to keeping Illinois vibrant and healthy.”
Read more at ilchamber.org.