KEWANEE -- BOMAG Americas has announced it will cease manufacturing operations in Kewanee by the end of 2014.
A company news release issued Wednesday said BOMAG Americas is moving its business to a yet to be determined location in the southern U.S. The release stated the move is designed to "maximize its (BOMAG's) manufacturing efficiencies, maintain competitive product costs and, most importantly, better support our customers."
About 200 people work at BOMAG's 222,000-square-foot factory off U.S. 34 east of Kewanee, according to the Kewanee Economic Development Corp. Asphalt rollers and other road construction equipment that had been built at the plant will be moved or replaced by BOMAG products made in Oklahoma, Germany or China," according to the release.
Three years ago, BOMAG received incentives from the state to consolidate its Illinois and Missouri operations in Kewanee.
Today is Sunday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff." 1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.