Rep. Wheeler: Buddig Expansion to Bring Jobs to Fox Valley

MONTGOMERY – State Representative Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) lauded the announcement made by Carl Buddig & Co. on Monday that they will be expanding their operations within Illinois with the purchase of the former Butterball facility in Montgomery. The facility has been vacant since prior operations ceased in July 2017. Buddig will utilize the 280,000 square foot facility to grow its manufacturing footprint for lunch meats and specialty meats production.

The project will create 250 jobs within the first two years of operations and then ramp up to 350 jobs by year five. Buddig employs over 1,200 people within Illinois. The Governor, the Department of Commerce and Intersect Illinois worked with State Senator Jim Oberweis, State Representative Keith Wheeler, local government officials, local economic development organizations and other key stakeholders to ensure this project’s success.

“This is a great day for the Village of Montgomery,” said Representative Wheeler. “An investment of this magnitude will offer not only relief for this resilient community, but tremendous opportunity in the years to come. I am thrilled to welcome Buddig into the 50th District and look forward to seeing this facility filled once again. Moving forward as we head back to Springfield, we must keep working to improve the employment climate in our state to create even more Illinois jobs for Illinois families.”

Dan Wynn, Buddig’s Chief Operating Officer commented: “It was an easy decision to expand in Montgomery after learning about the assistance and support we would receive from the State of Illinois, the Village of Montgomery, Montgomery’s Economic Development Corporation, and Kane County’s Workforce Development Division. We look forward to working with all of these agencies and bringing 250 to 300 new jobs to Montgomery over the next year.”

Illinois was in tight competition with Indiana to win this project. Indiana had previously won Buddig’s 2013 project in a similar face off, citing the proximity to their existing South Holland, IL plant but with lower property taxes and affordable cost of doing business within Indiana.XXX   Representative Wheeler serves the 50th District, which includes portions of west suburban Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, Campton Hills, Elburn, Montgomery, Oswego, Plano, St. Charles, Sugar Grove and Yorkville.

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About Carl Buddig & Co: Carl Buddig and Company, based in Homewood, Illinois, is owned and operated by third generation Buddig Family members. The Company is also proud that in recent years fourth generation family members have also joined the organization. In 2018, Carl Buddig and Company will celebrate its 75th year of feeding family traditions with the very best in taste, variety and convenience. In addition to manufacturing and distributing great-tasting lunch meat products, Carl Buddig and Company is also the parent company responsible for manufacturing and distribution of Old Wisconsin® hardwood-smoked sausage and meat snack products in supermarkets across the country. Also, in 2017, Carl Buddig and Company entered the barbecue and specialty meats business and is now manufacturing products under the Kingsford Brand.