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100 new jobs? Bring ’em on

We welcome SGS Refrigeration, and its 100 or more new jobs, to the Sauk Valley. May this cooling equipment manufacturer continue to grow and prosper.

Any day that a community gains 100 or more jobs is an excellent day.

Tuesday was such a day in Dixon.

SGS Refrigeration Inc. announced that it had bought an empty warehouse in a Dixon industrial park, and that it would move manufacturing operations for large cooling equipment to that facility.

Along with the move will come 100 jobs or more.

That’s the kind of news we like to hear.

SGS Refrigeration officials said the jobs will be shifted to Dixon from a factory in Monterrey, Mexico. SGS recently bought the Monterrey plant, but the new owners believe American workers would do a better job assembling the products.

As SGS President Peter Spellar stated: “This is a highly technical, engineered product line. We didn’t feel the people in Mexico could handle it.”

But the Dixon area has workers who can handle it, some of whom lost their jobs in 2009 when Imeco Inc. closed its Dixon plant.

Nearby AZZ Galvanizing stands to benefit. AZZ will supply SGS with materials to make cooling equipment, which may lead to more jobs for the galvanizing plant.

Dixon’s proximity to Interstate 88 and the intermodel transportation hub in Rochelle, and tax incentives from the Lee-Ogle Enterprise Zone also were factors in the company’s decision to move here.

Another factor is 9 adjacent acres for possible future expansion.

SGS Refrigeration’s arrival represents another building block in what we hope will be a stronger Sauk Valley economy.

Dixon Mayor Jim Burke and Dixon Chamber chief John Thompson have every right to be pleased with Tuesday’s excellent news. So are we.

We welcome SGS Refrigeration. May the company grow and prosper.

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