Anchor tenant for Mascoutah (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/28/11)
With financial help from St. Clair County, a Michigan company will build a perishable goods warehouse at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah. The deal announced last Thursday includes a $2.15 million from the county in upfront money for the project, which will cost up to $5.7 million. In exchange for the county's help, the airport will own the warehouse after 15 years, officials said. North Bay specializes in year-round production and marketing of fresh fruit and vegetables for customers in North America, Latin America, and Europe. County officials said the warehouse will help North Bay open a shipping route to Asia. Read More.
South Harbor project under way (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/28/11)
Work has started on the Tri-City Port District's new South Harbor, a project that federal and area officials believe will improve transportation efficiencies, promote economic growth, and significantly enhance the port's role as a hub for shipping by trucks, trains, and river barges.The project gained its upstart from a $6 million Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recover (TIGER) grant in February 2010. A second $8.5 million TIGER grant, spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, steered the project into the fast lane. Read More.