Both Stephenson County and the City of Freeport have a stake in the Mill Race Crossing Industrial Park. But before any companies come to the Stateline, city aldermen must first agree on the park's potential.
In a six to two vote, a Freeport city committee approved the county's findings for Mill Race. It heads to the full council next week. The findings basically promise that Mill Race will add at least 500 jobs, and create new industry on these five-thousand acres of land. The park will be developed in stages. Three companies - including the Hog Processing Center Trim-Rite want to be the first to set up at Mill Race.
Should the city give final approve for Mill Race's findings, the state of Illinois must then approve the development, and decide on grant dollars. Aldermen are mixed though, on if the jobs growth predictions will hold up.
If Trim-Rite comes to Stephenson County, it would be renamed Freeport Farms. Two other companies, a bio-diesel plant and a home panel manufacturer also have expressed public interest in Mill Race.
Should the state of Illinois approve Mill Race Crossing Industrial Park, and development agreements are reached. At the earliest, the new companies could open for business in about 12 to 15 months.