FlexXray Pronounces Plans to Rent 150 Folks in New State-of-the-Artwork Grocery Facility in Aurora – Kane County Connects
FlexXray joined that Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities, Invest Aurora and Aurora officials on Wednesday (Oct. 28, 2020) to cut the tape of the company’s new state-of-the-art food and product inspection facility. It is planned to employ 150 people from the community.
FlexXray, a leading x-ray inspection and recovery service for the food industry, is expanding to meet the increased demand for its services and the changing needs of the U.S. grocery supply chain due to COVID-19, building on its steady growth from Aurora as a regional hub for manufacturing.
According to a joint press release from FlexRay, IDCEO and Invest Aurora, investments in a new 48,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will support a range of customers served by the company, including food and beverage manufacturers, while ensuring the safety of COVID-19 Logs.
The facility is optimized to provide the safest, fastest, and most accurate inspection services to food manufacturers across North America. It includes x-ray inspection, metal detection, shrink bundling, and audio line operations lines.
The USDA and FDA registered inspection facility at 140 Melissa Lane from 1998 began production in June 2020.
“Our investment in this new state-of-the-art facility significantly increases temperature-controlled inspection capacity, expands the number of opportunities we have for a skilled, diverse workforce, protects current occupational safety and prepares FlexXray to continue to meet the demands of the industry as a market needs itself during COVID-19 and beyond change, “said Randy Jesberg, CEO of FlexXray.
“Aurora is an ideal location for our new facility. We are excited to be working closely with Kane County, the City of Aurora, and the state of Illinois to hire and train people for the many new jobs we have here in town.”
Since expanding into Illinois last year, FlexXray has been committed to providing customers with the best and fastest inspection services, opportunities for partners and employees, and job creation across the region.
The company’s expansion at its newest location in Aurora will initially create 100 new jobs, with a total of 150 additional jobs planned for the coming years.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and DuPage County’s Illinois workNet Center have begun assisting FlexXray in recruiting and developing on-the-job training programs.
“FlexXray’s new Aurora facility is a welcome addition to our growing manufacturing industry and will support our goals of increasing access to high-quality jobs for more Illinois people,” said Erin B. Guthrie, director of DCEO. “We welcome FlexXray to Aurora and look forward to partnering with them to ensure that residents of their 21st century factory can take advantage of job creation and economic opportunities.”
At full capacity, the new FlexXray system is operated 24 hours a day in three shifts and inspects 10 or more truckloads of products every day.
The facility’s expanded loading ramp and storage space allow customers to quickly and easily deliver cargoes for future inspections and keep drivers waiting while the inspection is conducted through multiple inspection lines in the temperature controlled inspection area of FlexXray.
“We welcome FlexXray to the Aurora community,” said Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “The company’s investment in the new facility speaks to its commitment to excellence, and the company’s plan to hire more than 100 new employees speaks even louder to its commitment to improving Aurora and our residents.”
FlexXray’s new food and produce facility builds on the economic advances in the city of Aurora, making it a regional manufacturing hub.
“Given the growing demand for FlexXray services, the company’s strategic location in the Chicagoland area and our highly skilled and motivated workforce selected Aurora for its expanded operations in Illinois,” said Bryan Gay, President & CEO of Invest Aurora. “FlexXray’s selection of Aurora is further proof that Aurora’s investment in our transportation infrastructure and employee partnerships is paying off.”
Officials say the tape-cutting ceremony builds on a number of recent announcements from manufacturing companies planning to invest in Illinois.
In addition to launching the first fiber optic microfactory by viaPhoton in July, Invest Aurora helped welcome the recent moves of Amsino Inc., Savoye Engineering and Sonova EV to Aurora last year.
All four companies are also moving their US headquarters to Aurora, according to the press release.
Over the next two to three years, these companies will collectively be responsible for creating over 850 new jobs, maintaining 450 jobs, and making over $ 62,000,000 in private investments in the city of Aurora.
Today’s announcement comes during Manufacturing month in October in Illinois Recognize manufacturers’ contributions during COVID-19 and beyond.
More than 1,000 manufacturers and distributors in Illinois have scaled up or switched production to create life-saving personal protective equipment that supports the nationwide response to the pandemic.
Manufacturing is already a major part of the Illinois economy – with more than 550,000 employees in Illinois and an annual economic output of $ 100 billion plus. According to official figures, the industry is on the right track to grow significantly in the coming years.
It is estimated that 4.6 million new manufacturing orders will have to be filled nationwide over the next eight years.
Earlier this week, state officials announced plans to establish it new manufacturing training academies Prepare Illinois to grab these jobs and revitalize the communities by developing a pipeline of skilled workers to meet future industry growth.
SOURCE: State of Illinois, Invest Aurora, FlexXray Press Releases