Freeport Loses Trim-Rite

By: Max Seigle
By: Max Seigle

There won't be any pigs going coming to the future Mill Race Crossing Industrial Park in Freeport. That's because Trim-Rite, a pork processing company, decided not to build there. "Certainly disappointed in the decision. The economic benefits of any facility of that size and the potential for jobs would have been good for our community," said Brian Stewart with Freeport's Economic Development Foundation.
Ttrim-Rite brought high hopes to Freeport when it announced it would come to town last year....and bring with it.. six to eight hundred jobs overtime. But the company recently pulled out because of construction costs, hog supply and not enough expected profitibility. With Trim-Rite out of the picture at Mill Race Crossing, the county goes on marketing the industrial park. The latest prospect...A biodiesel plant called Blackhawk Biofuels. "Blackhawk Biofuels is their final stages of funding and they're looking forward to getting started in the very near future," Stewart said. Construction could begin as early as next month for Blackhawk Biofuels. Once it opens, about 40 new jobs are expected. State representative Jim Sacia, who has worked on this industrial park since it's inception, says the biodisel plant should help draw more business there. "I think it's the going to be the anchor that we need to really create the catalyst going forward on many new businesses," Sacia said. The county has hired a national marketing firm to help attract more companies....and hopefully turn some of this dirt sooner than later. Stephenson County Board members are helping with recruitment as well. Some were in Indianapolis Wednesday talking with four companies in the renewable energy industry.


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