Welcome to Morton, Illinois, the Pumpkin Capital of the World!
Morton is an affluent, growing community of 17,000 located at the crossroads of Interstate 74 and Interstate 155 on the outskirts of Peoria in Central Illinois. Home to a wide variety of employers including Caterpillar Logistics, Pepsi, Morton Buildings, and Nestle, the community has seen steady growth in residential, industrial, and retail development over the past decade.
Memorial Plaza's Groundbreaking Ceremony took place on March 23rd. This collaborative project between the Village of Morton and the Morton Economic Development Council will begin construction immediately. Laverdiere Construction out of Macomb was the low bidder at $1.24 million.
The Memorial Plaza is a new gathering space planned for a vacant parcel on Main Street in the heart of our downtown. The plans include shaded seating areas, a Veterans Memorial, water fountain, children's play areas, and public restrooms. The Village of Morton has pledged $1 M for this project with the remaining $1 million to be raised with matching funds from the private sector. The project is now set to get under way and be finished by fall of 2016. Contact MEDC today to help us meet our fundraising goal!
Sam Leman Automotive broke ground on their new building, located on Courtland Avenue next to the new Farm & Fleet, on Thursday, July 10th in Morton, Illinois. "Our decision to build a new building was primarily the result of Sam Leman's belief that Morton will continue to support our business and the new location on Courtland will be easier for our loyal customers outside of Morton to access," said Todd Braker, COO for Sam Leman Automotive.