KANKAKEE, Ill. - IKO Midwest officially hung out its "open for business" sign on Aug. 31 with a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting at the company's new facility based in Kankakee, Ill. With nearly 200 in attendance, including Kankakee Mayor Donald Green and Bradley Mayor Gael Kent, the day's events focused on the warm welcome IKO has received in the community and the optimism for a long and prosperous future for the plant in Central Illinois. In addition to the ceremony, the company also opened the plant to tours for local officials, clients and families of the local employees.
IKO, represented by David Koschitzky, welcomed IKO Midwest employees to the IKO family, and spoke of the importance of the new plant in supporting the company's operations in the region and IKO's growing presence in the U.S. market.
"Nearly one-third of our manufacturing plants now reside in the U.S., and are an essential component of our worldwide operations," noted Koschitzky. "We are excited to be here and look forward to being an employer for the people of Kankakee for years to come."
The company broke ground on the brand-new, 150,000-square-foot facility about two years ago, with production beginning in mid-July. Once the staff reaches capacity, it will employ 70 workers in the Kankakee area. The plant will be one of the primary suppliers for IKO's distributors in the Midwest.