Benton has been selected by AECI Schirm USA as the site for their next facility in which to grow their contract manufacturing services.
August is the month that will mark the beginning of construction on the new facility. In addition to the development of a new formulation facility that is 70,000 square feet in size, the facility will involve the refurbishment of an existing biofuel factory.
It is anticipated that the first phase will be finished by November 1, 2022, and that all facilities will be finished by the end of the same year. The organization anticipates hiring between forty and fifty individuals.
Chad Kern, President and Chief Executive Officer of AECI, spent his childhood in Whittington, Illinois, which is located just a few miles north of Benton. He received his high school diploma from Benton High School in 1989, his associate’s degree from Rend Lake College in 1991, and his bachelor’s degree from the College of Agriculture at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1993.
“Over the years, AECI Schirm has experienced consistent expansion. Our next phase of development will heavily focus on penetrating the Midwest market. Our responsibility is to formulate the products that our clients want, deliver them on time, and do it in a location that is geographically suitable for the target agricultural market.
“We want to make sure that farmers have what they require at the exact moment that they require it,” adds Mr. Kern.
“Benton, Illinois is an excellent location, and the assistance we have received from the Mayor and other city authorities has been of the highest caliber.” The possibility of developing our company in the vicinity of my childhood home is something that I cannot pass up.
On August 1, 2022, we will begin hiring for phase one, and in October of the same year, we will begin hiring for phase two. If you search for “Schirm USA” on the website Indeed.com, you will be able to find job opportunities.
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