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This information about Flora, Illinois was provided through our GUIDE Network Survey research.  If this information is helpful to you, please let them know.  Contact us as above if we may be of service.
Website :  www.florail.us

Contact :

Dan Sulsberger
Economic Development Director
Flora Industrial Commission
131 E 2nd St, PO Box 249
Flora, IL 62839

 
TEL : 618-662-7111
FAX : 618-662-7204

e-mail

 

Mayor : Charles Crowder   TEL 618-662-8313

- Biographic Profile   e-mail

 

Chamber of Commerce :

- Ruth Park, Executive Director  (618) 662-5646   www.florachamber.com

Geographic area served

The city of Flora is in southeastern Illinois in Clay County on U.S. Routes 45 and 50 roughly 100 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri and 50 miles west of Vincennes Indiana. It is located between interstate highways I-64 and I-70 and close to I-57 in an uncongested rural Midwest community.  Some of the companies in this area serve manufacturers in southern Indiana, such as Toyota in Princeton and others around the Evansville area.

  See also : Google Local map

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Executives and their advisors may not realize that this relatively small town of roughly 5000 people in Clay County (roughly 15,000) in southern Illinois has developed an industrial park with international and national manufacturing operations and the benefit of a municipal airport with a 5000 foot runway (expected to expand to 6500 feet) to support corporate air freight logistics requirements such as just-in-time delivery operations.

Highlights of recent developments of interest to investors

Flora Industrial Center - 60,000 sq ft industrial space available from Agracel, Inc.

  •  Half of this 120,000 sq ft warehouse is being leased by Hella Electronics Inc.
  •  This available space can make it easy to set up operations quickly in Flora
  •  It is on a 16.8 acre site, with 20 foot eaves and 4 available docks (of 9)

Recent retail developments in the area include construction of a new Super Wal-Mart

Suggestions of other information sources about the area

 

Standardized community profile data is available on the City of Flora website

  •  this local data is also available through the Illinois DCEO website

Commercial and industrial property listings for available sites and buildings in Flora can be found through the LocationOne listings for the Southeastern Alliance of Illinois

 

Competitive advantages of the area for potential investors
  • Within 30 minutes of three interstates for north-south or east-west logistics.
  • 125 acres available in the Flora Industrial Park on favorable terms
  • 2 other sites are available specifically to accommodate a co-generation facility, near a 345 KV transmission line and a major natural gas pipeline.
  • A 9125 electric generation facility in the industrial park provides "stand alone" emergency support
  • There is a TIF district (tax increment financing) and Enterprise Zone
  • CDAP (Community Development Assistance Program) - CDAP is a federally funded grant program providing grants to local governments to assist in financing economic development, public facilities and housing rehabilitation projects.  It is targeted to support low to middle income areas in small communities (<50,000) outside of urban areas.
  • The municipal utilities can provide cost savings, and planned investment in such infrastructure will expand the capacity

Scope of investment support services offered

The City of Flora stands ready to assist new and existing businesses on several fronts.  First and foremost, we offer an experienced pro-business "City Hall".  The offices of the Mayor and Council, the Building & Zoning Official, the Director of Public Works, and the Director of Economic Development are all clustered under one administrative umbrella.  It is a one-stop location which services the needs of all area businesses.

The City is a member of the South Central Illinois Regional Planning and Zoning Commission.  The Commission offers assistance with the development of business plans and applications which might be required to obtain grants and or low-interest loans.

The "regional" atmosphere under which the commission operates enables it to stay "in tune" with all new state and federal business assistance activities.  The commission maintains strong ties to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the United States Department of Commerce (Economic Development Administration - EDA), and other state and federal business loan consortiums.

City officials work closely with the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which is funded through the area community college system.  The SBDC offers an array of business-related services, including direct contact with SCORE chapters (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).  These agencies provide business counseling, business planning, loan structuring, marketing basics and workshops.

 

Major employers in the area

These are reported to all be non-union manufacturing and service operations.  North American Lighting and Hella have operated in Foreign-Trade Zone subzone 146A in Flora since 1994 in cooperation with the Bi-State Authority (Lawrence County)

  •  North American Lighting - automotive lighting such as headlamps and fog lamps and related systems for Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi and others, headquartered in Flora since 1983, with 1200 employees.  Benchmarked as world standard for best in class quality products.  Subsidiary of Koito Manufacturing Co. Ltd. of Japan
  •  Hella North America - Hella Electronics Corp - automotive supplier to Mercedes, Daimler-Chrysler, General Motors, in Flora since 1979, with 400+ employees.   Production of flasher units, relays, body electronics, air conditioner control units, accelerator pedal sensors, level switches, vacuum and evacuation pumps
  •  Minwax Co. - wood finishing products, with 100+ employees, since 1989.  This is  the only site in the country to manufacture Minwax wood stains, topcoats, and waxes of both the oil and water-base variety.  It is one of the leading consumer product brands of Sherwin-Williams.  This plant was a winner in 2004 of the Illinois Governor's Pollution Prevention Award for Continuous Improvement, and previously in 2002 in the Major Industry category for this environmental award.  A "virtual tour" of the Minwax plant in Flora is available on their website from a January 2004 PBS segment of "This Old House" honoring the 100th anniversary of Minwax.
  •  McDaniel Transit - trucking services - expanded their warehouse by 56,000 sq ft in 1999, creating 30 more jobs, with the help of a CDAP grant
  •  Southwire Company - aluminum wire cable mill (a basic plant description is on their website) manufacturing bare overhead cables for transmission from power plants to transformers, and other bare conductors to be further processed.  This leading wire manufacturer has operated the Flora plant since 1975.
  •  Silgan Plastics - employs 100, since 1978 - rigid plastic packaging, one of 20 US plants serving major markets such as cosmetics & toiletries, health & pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, household and industrial products, and automotive and marine products
  •  Bel-Tronics Corp. - electronics manufacturer, through hole and surface mount printed circuit board assembly and custom magnetic coil manufacturing, since 1965, employs 45.  Announced relocation of some production to this plant in 2005 from their headquarters in Addison IL, possibly closing the plant there (not HQ).
  •  GSI Group - grain systems - agricultural equipment, since 2002, employs 100
  •  Speciality Polymer Services - since 2000, plastics recycling company, based in India, recycles scrap materials from manufacturing operations for specialty plastics processing in Asia such as for the manufacturing of cell phone components
  •  Columbus Container, Inc. - corrugated cardboard packaging, 65,000 sq ft warehouse, 20 employees since 1989
  •  Kern Manufacturing - women's garments
Other organizations supporting direct investment in the area

 

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity - DCEO

www.illinoisbiz.biz      http://www.illinoisbiz.biz/dceo/

www.commerce.il.us

 

Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

www.ieccsbdc.com

Utilities

Municipal - contact the city officials as above for details

Railroads

CSX has a rail spur into the Flora Industrial Park.  See the Industrial Development and site search sections of the CSX website at www.csx.com

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We publish this information for convenient reference by investors and advisors who may be unfamiliar with this area.  We make no warranty about such content, but we include and edit such responses selectively according to our professional judgment.

 

Please contact us if we may be of assistance with your interests, or if you have any suggestions for revisions to this content or the GUIDE Network Survey in general.

 

This information is provided by local area representatives in response to our GUIDE Network Survey research.  We provide more detailed information and additional links to relevant content for participants in our GUIDE Area Profile service, which involves a closer working relationship to maintain timely knowledge of an area throughout the year, and highlight the benefits of the area as appropriate through other GUIDE tools for specific interests, rather than just publishing this basic introductory information.

Miscellaneous other information sources about the Flora area

Region, County and City

Southeastern Alliance of Illinois     www.sailillinois.com

FedStats - USA MapStats for Clay County, Illinois - demographic data

Clay County Profile on www.epodunk.com with data and various links 

Recruitment and Training

Tourism   www.southeastillinois.com

Schools  Flora Community School Unit District #35  www.floraschools.com

Local News Media

The Clay County Daily Advocate Press  www.advocatepress.com

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