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June 18, 2012


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News with an Asian flare featured prominently over the past couple of weeks, as more detailed plans were announced for a new carp processing plant in Grafton that will process 35 million pounds of fish for a Chinese customer, while MidAmerica Airport welcomed North Bay Produce as the newest tenant seeking to take advantage of the airport's proven Asian trade route. You'll find links to the details on these and more than half a dozen other recent, positive stories from the Metro East below!

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Will shipping firm be a big boost to MidAmerica? (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/15/12)

MidAmerica LogoNorth Bay Produce last week celebrated the grand opening of its new $5.4 million perishable warehouse at MidAmerica Airport. North Bay specializes in the year-round production and marketing of fresh produce, currently selling its products to customers located in the United States, Canada, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe.

The company's expansion to MidAmerica Airport is a key step in its plans to open the Asian trade lane that is integral to the company's future growth, while St. Clair County officials characterized North Bay as the anchor tenant for the airport's international cargo operations.  (Read More)

Grafton welcomes plans for carp-processing site (, 6/14/12)

A new processing plant that will serve numerous local fishermen while helping to control the large populations of silver carp and bighead carp in the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers is expected to launch operations in Grafton within the next year. This $5.4 million venture has agreed to supply a Chinese customer with 35 million pounds of the processed carp. (Read More)

Senior citizens' apartment nears completion in East St. Louis (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/8/12)

The $22 million senior citizens apartment building, Jazz at Walter Circle, is near completion in East St. Louis. The building has more than 100,000 square feet and developers plan to attract cafes and small shops to fill out the ground floor space. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, this apartment complex is the first in the nation to combine public housing development funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with New Markets Tax Credits. (Read More)

Coming soon: Belleville theater complex set to open in July (Belleville News-Democrat, 6/11/12)

Eat Drinks Games Etc. (EDGE) will soon open a new five-movie theater complex named EDGE 5. The Belleville News Democrat reports that the theater will include two "movie grill" theaters for patrons 21 and older that feature reclining seats and call buttons to place food and drink orders. (Read More)


May Building renovation goes forward (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 6/7/12)

The Edwardsville City Council and Madison County Housing Authority recently agreed to add on to and renovate the May Building, which provides housing for the elderly and disabled. The building is located at 1701 Bryant Ave. Currently there are 46 apartments but the Edwardsville Intelligencer is reporting that after renovation there will be an additional 14 one-bedroom and 10 two-bedroom apartments. (Read More)


This is a huge deal': Centreville breaks ground on 100-room hotel (Belleville News-Democrat, 6/11/12)

Centreville is set to welcome two of the largest projects the city has ever seen. The Belleville News-Democrat is reporting that a company known as RJ3A LLC bought 67 acres of land at Illinois 15 and Lakewood Drive, where ground was broken this past week for a 100-room hotel that is expected to open by spring of 2013. The site will also be home to EZ-Z Lock, a business that will make residential door locks. It's expected to be finished at the end of the summer or in early fall. The two projects are expected to bring well over 100 new jobs to the community. (Read More)


Second private housing complex coming to SIUE (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/15/12)

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that The Enclave, a 352-bed development that will house nearly 700 students, is on schedule to open next year near SIUE. The developer also has plans in the works to open a sister development close by named, Enclave West, to accommodate 300 more students. SIUE anticipates an increase in enrollment and the housing director believes the new housing complexes will be a benefit to the school and community and will help to meet the current growing need for off-campus housing.  (Read More)

Illinois American Water to invest $1.2 million in water main (St. Louis Business Journal, 6/4/12)

$1.2 million will be invested to replace water main piping in several Metro East Communities, including Belleville, East St. Louis, Granite City and Venice. The water main was installed half a century ago and needs updates. Illinois American Water Company will fund the work with revenue from customer water rates. (Read More)

Argosy bets on new buffet (The Alton Telegraph, 6/6/12)

The Alton Telegraph reports that a more upscale, house-made menu will compliment new modern décor coming to Argosy Casino's Captain's Table Buffet. The buffet is undergoing a $1.2 million renovation and will also add specialty pastas to order, sushi and gourmet pizza to the menu. (Read More)

In Other News


New pub ready to pour in O'Fallon (Belleville News-Democrat, 6/11/12)

The Global Brew Tap House and Lounge opened its second Metro East location on June 15 in O'Fallon. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the new pub will offer 50 beers on tap and more than 200 bottled brews from throughout the world. The Belleville News-Democrat's Retail Round Up column also reports that Regions Bank also is getting ready to add another branch in the metro-east, this one at 8401 State St. in East St. Louis. (Read More)

Contact Information

Scott Schanuel

 Interim Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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