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Brandt begins local production, still hiring (Illinois)
The Pantagraph ^ | May 8, 2018 | Derek Beigh

Posted on 05/08/2018 4:12:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

HUDSON — Brandt Group of Companies is now in business in McLean County.

The Canadian agriculture manufacturer has started making grain-conveying and grain-handling equipment with 75 employees at 19500 N. 1425 East Road in rural Hudson after spending the last few months preparing the plant, Brandt President Shaun Semple told The Pantagraph on Tuesday.

"We took two products to get the initial management team up and running," said Semple. "Our hope is to be at 150 (employees) by the end of the first year of production. ... We could get up to 250 or 300 by the end of the second year. There's a lot of things that have to happen to make it work."

That hiring schedule would put Brandt well above targets the company needs to meet to receive property tax abatements from local taxing bodies over the next decade.

Semple said the company also is satisfying a requirement that employees be paid more than the average wage for a similar worker in the Bloomington metro area, as determined by federal statistics.

Semple encouraged prospective employees to apply at

This story will be updated.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Local News
KEYWORDS: economy; illinois; jobs; manufacturing

1 posted on 05/08/2018 4:12:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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Hey 2nd, glad you’re back. I missed ya for a while there. Hope your health is holding up.

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