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Fargo Manufacturing

The Village is pleased to welcome Fargo Manufacturing to Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Village staff held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the business's new facility at 2312 N. 17th Avenue. Formerly located in Chicago’s west side, the business relocated to the Village due to its safety, central location and manufacturing clusters. Fargo Manufacturing was first established in 1947 and produces checkout counters, store fixtures, and auxiliary fuel systems and parts for MD500 and MD900 series helicopters. You can learn more about the business at fargoauxfuel.com and uniquecheckoutsystems.com.


Edward Elmhurst Health Clinic

Edward Elmhurst Health Clinic has opened its doors inside the Jewel-Osco grocery store located at 10203 W. Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. The clinic's services are provided by board-certified family nurse practitioners and physician assistants. No appointment is necessary and most major insurance plans are accepted. Visit EEHealth.org/walkin for more information and wait times. 


Mai-Quesi II

The Village welcomes Mai-Quesi II Seafood & Mexican Cuisine, located at 3531 Rose Street in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Village Trustees James Caporusso, John Johnson, Karen Special and Andy Ybarra attended the restaurant’s grand opening event. With the extremely popular Mai-Quesi I in Aurora, this is the family-owned business’s 2nd restaurant in the Chicagoland area. While fabulous seafood dishes are the focus of this upscale eatery, you can also order grilled meat dishes and Mexican favorites. Check out the restaurant’s menu and gallery at www.mai-quesi.com.


Zacatecas Mexican Restaurant

Zacatecas Mexican Restaurant has opened its doors at 10150 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Village Trustees James Caporusso, Bill Ruhl and Karen Special attended a ribbon cutting to welcome the business to the Village. The family-owned restaurant has been operating in the Chicagoland area since 1980 and is known for its homemade Mexican food and American-style breakfast. You can learn more about the restaurant's move to Franklin Park in the Franklin Park Herald-Journal.


Department of Community Development and Zoning Releases 2016 Year in Review

The Department of Community Development and Zoning has released a 2016 Year in Review, which provides an overview of the department's most notable achievements, projects and initiatives of 2016. Over 1.2 million square feet of industrial building was constructed in the past year and an additional 620,000 square feet of industrial building is in the 2017 construction pipeline. Learn more about these projects and more in the 2016 Year in Review.


Village Celebrates New 367,000 SF Industrial Speculative Development by Molto Properties

The Village of Franklin Park celebrated the construction of a new 367,000 SF industrial speculative development by Molto Properties with a ribbon-cutting in early November of 2016. The new building at 10501 Seymour Avenue will be followed by construction of a second 106,000 SF industrial speculative building on the same site. Molto founder and senior principal Todd Naccarato discussed the project with Crain’s in 2015: “We're seeing substantial increases in rents, because these kinds of buildings are in demand right now. What we're seeing is, now that we're coming out of a recession a number of businesses are growing and want to expand. There's demand for newer buildings.” Colliers International is currently seeking industrial users for the new space, which is located across the street from O’Hare Airport and less than a mile to I-294 and the I-90 interchange.


From left to right: Dan Abdo (Glazier Corporation), John Schneider (Director of Community Development and Zoning), Trustee Bill Ruhl, Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Trustee Cheryl McLean, Trustee John Johnson and Matt Baer (Chipotle).

Groundbreaking Held for Commercial Development on Grand and Mannheim

The Village of Franklin Park held a groundbreaking to celebrate the start of construction of Glazier Corporation’s retail development on the corner of Mannheim Road and Crown Road, just north of Grand Avenue, which is now underway. Glazier closed on the 42,000 SF vacant site in October to develop a 3-unit retail center fronting Mannheim Road. Chipotle and T-Mobile have already signed leases for the space. Glazier plans on working through the winter, weather permitting, and expects the development to be operational by summer of 2017. 


Manufacturing Day Event Connects Students with Local Manufacturers

The Village of Franklin Park partnered with Leyden High School District 212, Triton College and local manufacturers in October of 2016 to celebrate Manufacturing Day, a national event that addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors to the public. Students from Leyden High School District 212 toured Triton’s educational facilities and the manufacturing facilities of Life Fitness, Sureway Tool, and Sloan Valve. Participating students toured the manufacturing floor and offices of each facility and were able to ask questions about day-to-day operations, technical training requirements and advancement opportunities.

The event aims to attract future manufacturing workers to fill the industry’s shortage of skilled labor, improve the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the manufacturing industry. The Manufacturing Day event builds on a larger Village initiative to address workforce challenges in the industry by connecting manufacturers, training agencies and prospective workers. 


The Cooking Channel Features Paula's Cafe in Franklin Park

The Cooking Channel stopped by Paula’s Cafe and Catering in Franklin Park last week to film a segment for the show “Food: Fact or Fiction.” Host Jeff Mauro, also starring in the Food Network’s “Sandwich King” and “The Kitchen,” visited the local restaurant to learn how to make the best Italian meatballs from Paula herself. Set to air on the Cooking Channel in October, the show’s exact date and time will be posted so that you can watch our local celebrity Paula in action. In the meantime, stop by Paula’s Cafe at 9400 Grand Avenue to try her famous meatballs yourself.


Tollway Updates Franklin Park Business Community on Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project

The Illinois Tollway hosted a meeting with the business community on Friday, May 13 at the Franklin Park Police station to provide business owners and operators with an update on the Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) project. A full room of attendees was given information on the Tollway's on-going construction of Illinois Route 390 (formerly the Elgin O’Hare Expressway) and future plans for work on the southern leg of the project, which will pass through Franklin Park’s western industrial corridor. Utility work for the project will begin in Franklin Park Summer of 2016. View or download the Tollway's May 2016 Franklin Park Presentation to learn more.

2016 Annual Business Appreciation Luncheon

The Village of Franklin Park hosted its 2016 Annual Franklin Park Business Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, April 22 at Pescatore Palace. Representatives from businesses, organizations and government agencies were in attendance. The event's guest speaker, Congressman Mike Quigley, spoke on various economic development initiatives occurring at the Federal level and their significance for Franklin Park's business community. Speaking on behalf of one of Franklin Park’s newer companies, Angelo Lollino of Alamode Foods spoke on the benefits of locating his business in Franklin Park as the supplier of gelato and coffee products to all Mariano's store cafes. Elected officials and representatives from the State of Illinois, Cook County, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and various workforce training agencies were present to provide information and take questions and comments from local businesses.


Commissioner Peter Silvestri, Congressman Mike Quigley, Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Commissioner Sean Morrison and Northlake's Mayor Jeffrey Sherwin at the 2016 Annual Business Appreciation Luncheon.


ComEd Changes Policy to Help Fuel Economic Growth

In a move that is intended to make northern Illinois more attractive to expanding and prospective businesses, ComEd has modified a policy that requires some business customers seeking new or expanded electric service to provide an upfront deposit. The changes are great news for Franklin Park's expanding and future big energy users. ComEd's News Release contains more information on the policy changes.


DCEO Certifies Franklin Park Enterprise Zone January 1, 2016

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) certified that the Franklin Park Enterprise Zone will be in effect for 15 years starting January 1st of 2016. The Village applied for designation of an enterprise zone for its commercial and industrial properties, which account for 50% of the Village’s land use. The designation makes several significant incentives available to qualified properties in the Village. Most notable of these is a State sales tax exemption of 6.25% on building materials to be used in the enterprise zone.

The Franklin Park Enterprise Zone will encourage commercial and industrial development and redevelopment in the Village. Qualifying commercial and industrial properties are displayed in the Illinois Department of Revenue's Franklin Park Enterprise Zone Map. Contact the Department of Community Development and Zoning at (847) 671-8276 to learn more and to obtain an application for project designation.

Spreadable Sausage Produced by Franklin Park's Nduja Artisans Featured on ABC 7's Hungry Hound

ABC Channel 7's Hungry Hound recently visited the father-son team producing a spreadable sausage in Franklin Park. The spicy, spreadable salami with origins in the Calabria region of Italy is called nduja and is growing in popularity in the U.S. food world. The product can be found in stores like Eataly and Mariano's, as well as in upscale restaurants.

Click here to read ABC 7's article about the nduja sausage producer and click here to visit the Nduja Artisans website.

Franklin Park's Angelo Gelato Italiano Featured on ABC 7's Hungry Hound

ABC Channel 7's Hungry Hound recently visited Angelo Quercia's new gelato manufacturing facility in Franklin Park. Angelo Gelato Italiano, which is produced in over 100 flavors, can be found at over 200 independent restaurants and grocery stores in the Chicago area and is now shipped across the country.

Click here to read ABC 7's article about the gelato maker and click here to visit the Angelo Gelato Italiano website.

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