More than 600 New Jobs are Created in Rochelle, Illinois

More than 600 New Jobs are Created in Rochelle, Illinois


More than 600 New Jobs are Created in Rochelle, Illinois

The “Hub City” adds jobs through new Industrial and Commercial Growth

The City of Rochelle and the Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corporation (GREDCO) announced today that more than 600 new jobs have been created in Rochelle, Illinois during the past year. The attraction of new industries and the expansion of over a dozen businesses has created a surge in employment in the “Hub City”. Located 1 hour west of Chicago and just 25 minutes south of Rockford Illinois, Rochelle (pop 9,745), has attracted manufacturing, logistics and commercial businesses who find Rochelle to be an ideal location to do business.


City Manager, David Plyman commented: “Our efforts to promote the community as a “Center for Manufacturing and Logistics” is paying off. We have seen numerous plant openings, which have provided new job opportunities for people throughout the region”. The bulk of new jobs that have been created are in the “Industrial/Logistics” sector, however new commercial and retail developments have also been opening in Rochelle. “We have seen two new medical clinics and a number of commercial/retail outlets “set up shop” in Rochelle over the past 18 months”, said Mayor Chet Olson. Why has all of this new development been occurring in Rochelle? According to Doug Zuehl, President of the Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corporation, “vision, strategic planning, location and leadership are a few of our keys to success. Rochelle has been planning for this development for more than 35 years and it is happening today”.


Companies who have opened new facilities or expanded their operations in Rochelle include Nippon Sharyo, Central Refrigerated Services, Illinois River Energy/CHS and Quick Start Products and Solutions. “With all of the news about the poor economy, we are pleased to let people know that Rochelle has become a community where employment opportunities abound. We are also working hard to become a destination point for commercial and retail shopping too” said Peggy Friday, Executive Director of the Rochelle Area Chamber of Commerce.  Rochelle, with a population of less than 10,000, has proven to be a community that can attract economic development opportunities in spite of a bad economy.  

 According to the City of Rochelle Economic Development office, businesses/industries have added more than 2200 new jobs over the past decade. The economic development efforts to expand the industrial base has resulted in more than $100 million being added to the City of  Rochelle’s economy .   

Contact:  Jason Anderson

    (815) 562-7595