|Industrial Development... "Build it and they will come" could be an appropriate
slogan for the Chillicothe Area Industrial Park owned by FEC Development,
Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Farmers' Electric Cooperative. The 175-acre park**
fully developed with infrastructure and is filling up with employers who have chosen to
either locate or expand their businesses in Chillicothe.
park, situated in southeast Chillicothe near where U.S. Highways 65 and 36 intersect, now
has nine (9) industries in addition to several government offices. Since purchasing
175 acres of
undeveloped land in 1988, FEC Development has attracted businesses and industries to the
CAIP that have created over 400 new jobs for area residents. Government offices
include the Social Security Administration office and the USDA Service Center. Businesses
- Associated Packaging Technologies
- Cloverleaf/Farmers Produce Cold Storage
- DeLaval Manufacturing
- G&S Services
North America / Clean Tide Mfg.
- Helena Chemical Warehouse Distribution
- Midwest Quality Glove and Gear Warehouse
- Vance Brothers
more Demographics here...
cost, including the purchase of land, was just over $6 million to
date, with money coming from FEC, the City of Chillicothe,
County, the State of Missouri, and the federal government. The total
electric load today is equal to 1/3 of FEC's firm system load in 1994.
Today, there are approximately 38 acres
remaining. The eight (8) industries comprise a total of 872,500 square feet under roof and 500 employees when working at full strength. Approximately 100 trucks per day go in and out of the park.
Cloverleaf/Farmers Produce Cold Storage began a
building expansion in November, 2009, to make it Chillicothe's largest
industrial plant or factory. The plant is adding 50,000 square feet at
the north end of its existing building. When completed, the plant will
consist of 313,000 square feet.
The present cold storage plant began
operation in July of 1999 as Bond Cold Storage. As of 2010, the plant
employed 67 full-time employees, plus seasonal part-time employees.
Bond Cold Storage was sold to Cloverleaf/Farmers Product in April,
2005. There are 35 trucks in and out of the FEC Industrial Park to the
plant each day through the week. On average, they move 1.5 million
pounds of frozen products per day.
WireCo (formerly Wire Rope) was
energized in February, 1995, and consists of 283,000 square feet and
is located in the industrial park.
|Unique Items Made in the Park Include...
- Asphalt and Emulsion
- Suction Cup Inserts for Milking Machines
- Plastic Trays for Frozen Dinners
- High Carbon Wire
- Apparel for Many College Campuses, Cruise
Lines, Country Clubs
- An Area to Get Instant Frost Bite (20
Degrees Below Zero)
- Patented Gloves for Astronauts
Farmers Electric Cooperative formed FEC
Development to find ways to improve the economy of the cooperative's service territory.
Any spec buildings have industrial capacity
utilities and rail access. The land sells for $10,000 per acre. Contact Terry
Rumery, economic developer for the City of Chillicothe at
11-acre industrial site.
Dick Harding, president and chief executive officer of IBC North America and Clean Tide,
talks about the two manufacturing businesses that will locate in Chillicothe. With plants in Michigan,
Georgia, California, Alabama and Kentucky, the companies need a facility in the Midwest to keep
the increased demand, particularly in the agricultural sector. The companies will manufacture and
refurbish intermediate bulk containers, investing more than $5.1 million and creating 87 new jobs.
C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley
/ July 25, 2013
Chillicothe Business Showcase -
The Business Park also has tenants, including
Dollar General, Kille Kubota, the Social Security offices, Morton
Buildings, Super 8 Motel, and the USDA Service Center that is also
home to the offices of Soil Water Conservation, FSA, RD, NRCS field
office, and the Green Hills RC&D.
Potential employers find the industrial park enticing because, in part,
the area is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone, and it is an enterprise zone which allows
for certain tax incentives. The industrial park was established to provide jobs in the
Chillicothe and surrounding area. City leaders to local bank officials and those with
their sights set on the future help make the industrial park a success. According to
Rumery, "It has been a collaborative arrangement that has certain been a benefit for
the community." Growth in the industrial park offers more job opportunities for the
local employment base which is increasing in the number of full-time farmers seeking
supplemental income away from the farm.
Help comes from the city of Chillicothe which filed for grants to fund
infrastructure development and from the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission which
assisted with various grant applications, including a state grant to extend
rail service to one of
the park's residents, Cloverleaf Cold Storage. The blast freezing company is already seeing growth and is enlarging its facility with 100,000
square feet of freezer space. The rail spur, funded largely through the grant money, was
also made possible with assistance from the Chillicothe Development Corporation and the
city of Chillicothe.
Since its formation in 1955, Chillicothe Development
Corporation has been active through many aspects of economic development and
has played major roles in recruiting, land acquisition, and financing, as well as location
and/or expansion of several companies. The corporation's efforts are to promote and assist
the growth and development of area business concerns, to assist existing businesses and
industry to expand, and recruit and develop new business and industry. Its goals are also
to develop and implement a plan for economic development and to promote more jobs for the
area. In helping to accomplish these goals, CIDC organized the CEO Roundtable, which is
comprised of a group of chief executive officers of businesses employing 25 people or
more. The Roundtable meets at least twice a year, or more often if a need arises.
CDC's income is generated through the lease of a
building the corporation owns and maintains, partial ownership of Livingston Manor, and
Livingston County economic development funds. CDC works closely with FEC Development,
Inc., the area Chamber of
Commerce, Chillicothe Municipal Utilities, Missouri Public
Service, Southwestern Bell Telephone, Green Hills Regional Planning Commission, Northwest
Power, the Small Business Development Center, and the Department of Economic Development.
For more information on the Board of Directors, current and past
projects, and success stories of CDC, visit their web
In addition to the industrial park, and aside from the total government
employees, there are many other major employers in the Chillicothe area. Top employers
of Livingston County include restaurants, schools, hospitals, retail
grocers, department stores, glove makers, correctional center,
residential care homes, and automobile dealers. Donaldson Company in
southeast Chillicothe (which manufactures air filters for caterpillar
trucks and other big trucks and consists of 260,000 square feet)
employs nearly 300 people. Hedrick Medical Center employs 261, and
Midwest Quality Glove and Gear employs 215. A few of the other
employers in Chillicothe area Roberts Tool and Die, Dickerson Tool and
Die, John Graves Menu Maker, Hy-Vee Food Stores, Wal-Mart, and Pepsi's
The construction projects taking place throughout Chillicothe are clear
signs that Chillicothe is building for the future. The service industry and manufacturing
jobs are also growing, with manufacturing jobs accounting for about 17 percent of the work
force in 1999, while non-manufacturing jobs comprised 66 percent of the work force.
Quality of life and quality of schools play significant roles in
deciding whether individuals or families choose to move to a community or decide to remain
in their hometowns. While many communities in north Missouri have experienced business
declines over the last few years, Chillicothe has held strong to the concept that anything
is possible with the team effort of goal-oriented people priding themselves in the place
they call home.
Chillicothe Enterprise Zone
- Chillicothe and part of Livingston County
here to visit the Missouri Department of Economic Development page with
Date Designated: November 18, 2009
PO Box 211
Chillicothe, MO 64601
Eligible "Enhanced Business Enterprises"
By NAICS Code:
All businesses excluding those listed by Statute.(listed below)
* All gambling (7132), retail establishments (44-45), educational services (61), religious organizations (8131), public administration (92) and eating and drinking establishments (722) are not eligible.
By Section 348.015(14)
Value-added agricultural products
By Section 135.950(7)(b) of the
An international, national, regional or state headquarters of a revenue producing business or enterprise. Allows service industries to be eligible only if a majority of its annual revenues will be derived from services provided out of state.
Acquires 174 Acres (Constitution-Tribune,
Monday, January 3, 2011)
Services Comes to Chillicothe (Constitution-Tribune, Wednesday,
June 29, 2011)