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Metal Stamp moving from Channahon to Minooka

Company plans to construct 50,000-square-foot facility

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 7:53 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, March 1, 2013 8:15 a.m. CST

MINOOKA, Ill. — Metal Stamp Inc. will leave its facility on Northern Illinois Drive in Channahon and build a new one in Minooka Industrial Park.

The company received approval of its preliminary and final plat of subdivision on Tuesday night. It intends to build a 50,000-square-foot facility on Serena Court, just off Minooka Road, said Village Administrator Dan Duffy. Groundbreaking could be as early as July of this year.

Metal Stamp is moving to Minooka because it couldn’t come to a lease arrangement at its current location, Duffy said.

Duffy worked with the Grundy Economic Development Council to secure the standard three-year tax abatement for the facility.

“They will be building a larger facility for future expansion,” Duffy said. “They expect to have five more employees when they go full steam.”

Metal Stamp currently has 42 employees, as many as eight temps, and two apprentices. The non-union tool and die manufacturing company supplies circuit boards for automobiles as 90 percent of its business.

“Their goal is to be under roof by the end of the year,” Duffy said.

DAD's DAY

A request to hold a fundraiser to collect money for diabetes research was approved Tuesday night by just one vote.

The on-going issue, which has split the board more than once over the last few years, is the practice of people collecting money on Minooka’s busiest street corner.

“I know you hear this every time it comes up,” said Trustee Terry Houchens. “I know the cause is great, but I still think it’s unsafe to put people out in the busiest intersection.”

Houchens, who has been very vocal in his opposition, has called the practice an accident waiting to happen.

The DAD’s Day fundraiser was again proposed by the Will-Grundy County Building & Construction Trades and the Kankakee/Iroquois County Building Trades to be held on June 15 this year.

This will mark the 27th year for the building trades to host the Dollars Against Diabetes (DAD's) Day fundraiser to fight diabetes. Last year, collections in Will, Grundy and Kankakee counties brought in over $37,000. They hope to surpass that this year.

COMMUNITY ROOM

If design plans fall within the village’s budget, Minooka residents could have a nice-sized community room in the near future.

Architect Gregory Norris was approved Tuesday night to come up with a design for a community room, restrooms and a kitchenette in 4,500 square feet of unoccupied space at the village hall.

The village purchased the remainder of the building, which houses the police department and village offices, in 2010 with eyes on expanding it for the future. At some point, additional offices may be built in the remaining 2,000 square feet of the building.

“The immediate use is going to be a large community room for the public to meet inside,” said Village Administrator Dan Duffy. “There’s a small addition for future office space.”

The village Parks and Recreation Department holds all kinds of programs and events, such as book clubs, girls’ night movies, and family bingo, which could make good use of a community room.

“We want to utilize our current space for 30 to 40 years and beyond,” Duffy said.

In other business, the board:

• Approved a request by Minooka Soccer Association to purchase a set of soccer goals for $4,131.

• Approved a request to partner with the Minooka American Legion Post #1188 for the annual Memorial Day parade and make a contribution of $1,000 to the ceremony.

• Approved the purchase of property management software, at a cost of $13,080, which will assist the building department with tracking lot permits, finding delinquent lots with liens, and other database information.

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