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Mattoon Economic Development

The business environment in the City of Mattoon has been a strong driving force ever since the founding of the community. It serves as the original home base for major companies like Rural King, Consolidated Communications and 1st Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, and continues to attract new businesses, both large and small, who are attracted to the area for a number of reasons: easy access to larger cities, the affordability of land in the region and the strong skills and work ethic of the employee base – to name a few.

The area is also on the grow, with many new developments and renovation projects happening in town. Among the most recent developments include new downtown renovations, the addition of PetSmart at Marketplace Center, upgrades to the Morgan Phipps Bridge at S. Route 45 and Charleston Ave. and structure expansions at the YMCA and businesses including United Graphics Printing and Howell Paving. In addition, a concrete facility was recently built across from Howell Paving and new developments can be seen on the east side of town and along I-57.

The area’s location directly off of Interstate 57, which provides links to several farther major interstates, affords easy transport for businesses. Its position in the heart of the Midwest transportation network puts it within proximity to half of the country’s population, in addition to 65 percent of the U.S.’s manufacturing region.

According to Coles Together, the economic development organization for Coles County, a survey of local manufacturers has shown that the “labor force here demonstrates high product quality, high productivity, high reliability and low absenteeism,” with the county’s labor productivity numbers continuously ranking higher than the national average.

The significant presence of Lake Land College in Mattoon has contributed greatly to the growth and success of a variety of business in the area. The Lake Land College Center for Business and Industry (CBI) provides employee training and development services to its regional employers, customized training and additional business support programs and services, along with a number of traditional technical and pre-baccalaureate courses and more than 140 online courses.

The Mattoon Chamber of Commerce has worked diligently to support local business since its inception in October of 1905. The Chamber aids in the growth of businesses in the region, brings in new business and stands for local businesses in government affairs. Around 400 businesses in Mattoon enjoy the vast benefits of joining the Chamber of Commerce.

Employer — Product/Service

A.J. Walker Construction Co. — Heavy/Highway Construction
AmerenCIPS — Public Utility
AmPad Corp. — School/Business Paper Supplies
Anamet, Inc. — Metal & Plastic Flexible Conduit
BlueCross/BlueShield — Regional Insurance Office
Carle Foundation Physicians — Healthcare Facility
The City of Mattoon — Municipality
Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative — Public Utility
Community Unit School District 2 — Mattoon Schools
Consolidated Communications — Telecommunications
Eastern Illinois University (Charleston) — University
Hughes Supply — Utility Company Supplier
First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust — Financial Institution
General Electric Lamp Plant — Lighting Products Manufacturing
Howell Paving, Inc. — Heavy/Highway Construction
HD Supply — Utility Distribution
Justrite Manufacturing Co. — Safety Containers
Lake Land College — Community College
Lender’s Bagel Bakery/Pinnacle Foods — Bagel Bakery
Mars Petcare, US — Pet Foods
Mattoon Precision Manufacturing Co. — Automotive Parts Manufacturing
Odd Fellow & Rebekah Home — Geriatric Care Facility
R.R. Donnelley — Printing/Publishing
Rural King Supply — Retail Sales
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center — Hospital/Clinic
United Graphics, Inc. — Printing/Publishing
UPS — Distribution Center

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