Project List

At the MEDC, we support and celebrate local business expansions, new residential and commercial developments, and community projects. Below is a list of grant funded projects underway or recently completed in Morton.

2017 Activity

Nena's Hardware
March 2018
Microgrant Recipient.  Bringing a new store and providing new jobs in Morton.

Unum Fine Wine & Whiskey Lounge
February 2018
Microgrant Recipient.  Expanding services at the salon to include day spa services and launching a wine and whiskey lounge adjacent to it.  Hiring at least 5 new full time equivalent employees in the process.  


Super Sublimation
November 2017
MicroGrant recipient.  Will expand sublimation print operations, purchase new equipment and hire new employees in Morton.

Synergetic Industries
November 2017
MicroGrant recipient.  Will consolidate operations and 
renovate an existing building with plans to add 7-10 employees in the next 2 years.  

Hilcrest Dental Lab
June 2017
Facade Grant Recipient.  Removed cedar siding and replaced with hardboard siding.

Sucre Sweets & Socials
June 2017
Facade Grant Recipient.  Replaced garage doors, installed entry doors and replaced windows on the storefront.

Kniep Enterprises
June 2017
Facade Grant Recipient. 
Paintedblockwall and installed lights.

Byers Automotive
June 2017
Facade Grant Recipient.  Replaced Garage doors.

Johnson's Floral
June 2017
Facade Grant Recipient. 
Replaced exterior of Green House.

RP Lumber
June 2017
Facade Grant Recipient.  New Porch Facade.

Carius Dairy Queen
January 2017
Facade Grant Recipient.  Replaced aging signage.

Impact Fitness
January 2017
Replaced street signage.

Kniep Auto
January 2017
Painted block & brick, installed new metal on their building facade.

Academy of Fretted Instruments
January 2017
Replaced windows and the front door of the shop.

So Chic
January 2017

Facade Grant Recipient.  New Signage, front door and awnings.

2016 Activity

Ann's On The Side
Renovated an existing structure to open a new clothing boutique.

Safari Bowl, Inc.
Addedafull service commercial kitchen to their existing facility, updating plumbing, electrical and equipment too.

The Cookery
Expanded their catering and home delivery services to provide grab-and-go lunches that are pre-prepared and ready for pickup.

Plank Pilates Studio
Purchased a Studio Reformer (exercise equipment) to increase class offerings and instructor classes.

Element Building
Launched a new design and construction company (architectural design, engineering, real estate development and construction management services) in downtown Morton.

2015 Activity

Byers Automotive
Installed new exterior wall signage on the front of the building.

Morton Buildings
Installed awning over the walkway to the building's entrance.

Johnson's Floral
Replaced the concrete pad in front of their building.  They also installed a pergola and new brick planters.

Chris' Barber Shop
Installed storefront lettering and window covering.

A Perfect Promotion
Refurbished exterior awning and replaced concrete steps.

2014 Activity

Federal Express

January 2014
Warehouse expansion by 53,
000sf expansion

First Farm Credit Union
January 2014
New office and drive through

Pizza Ranch
February 2014
New Location, larger facility for Pizza Ranch who will also hire 25 additional employees.  Banquet facilities will be much larger
thanoriginal building.

Yinlun PURItech Emission Technologies
March 2014
A Chinese/ German Joint Venture company Yinlun PURItech Emission Technologies, Inc. (YPET) has selected Morton for their US operations.  They will be housed with Yinlun Machinery and plan to begin production in May.

The Villas of Hollybrook
April 2014
New 50 unit assisted living facility located on the corner of North Main and Highland Street and will create 30 new jobs.


2013 Activity

Amish Choice Wood Furniture
January 2013
New 4700 square foot retail space and showroom. The new store will feature all Amish made
hard wood furniture including bedroom sets, tables, hutches, desks, chairs, youth furniture and more.

Millenium Professional Services
March 2013
Was awarded two large IDOT projects, therefore expanding with 15 new employees.  They received a Tazewell County Revolving Loan.

Larry Webber Construction
April 2013
Awarded the I-74 and I-155 IDOT project including revamping of Morton Avenue.  They have hired 150 new employees for this 3 years project.

Johnson's Floral
April 2013
Johnson's Floral received a Morton Micro-Grant to assist in an extensive remodel,
technologyimprovements, and staff expansion.

Farm and Fleet
April 2013
Blain’s Farm & Fleet plans to build a new 127,000 square foot store and remain in Village of Morton. Blain’s Farm & Fleet has been a member of the Morton community since 1974. The new store will be located on the south side of Courtland Avenue at the intersection of North Morton Avenue

The Savory House
May 2013
New eatery on Main Street.  Providing new menu items and serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

May 2013
Will begin construction of a new 120,
000sf manufacturing/warehouse facility that will manufacture new integrated farming systems.  They will employ 35 new employees, slated to begin operations fourth quarter, 2013.

So Chic Boutique
May 2013

SoChicBoutiquewillcarryhigh end party planning supplies
including invitations, decorations, cake and cupcake liners, guest
books, card holders, holiday entertaining décor and supplies, and more.  A boutique versions of
inventory a big box party supply store might carry.

Sherwin Williams
July 2013
Sherwin Williams will take 4,
000sf of space of a new development that broke ground.  This store offers paint supplies both for residential and commercial needs.  They plan to open the store in January, 2014.

Sandridge Foods
July 2013
Sandridge Food Corporation has acquired a majority interest in RMH Foods, thereby leveraging Sandridge's strategy to produce innovative solutions for a growing customer base that demands fresh, great tasting food.  Sandridge was able to secure a DCEO Edge Grant through the State of IL to assist in this acquisition.

Morton Rentals
October 2013
Morton Rentals received a $2,500 Morton MicroGrant to assist in the purchase a large enclosed trailer.  With an additional delivery
trailer Morton Rentals will be able to accept more rentals and provide quicker service to their customers.

Wines 'N More
November 2013
Wine's N More is the recipient of a Morton MicroGrant in the amount of $1,500 for the purpose of purchasing needed equipment for their new Wine Bar, which will open in November in Downtown Morton.

Baolai Precision Machinery
December 2013
Baolai is a precision manufacturing company based in Tianjin, near Beijing.  They manufacture and assemble parts for industrial and agricultural equipment.  They announced they will be opening their U.S. headquarters here
inMortonbeginninginJanuary, 2014.

Inspired Arts Academy
December 2013
Inspired Arts Academy is the recipient of a Morton MicroGrant in the amount of $2,000 for the purpose of purchasing lighting equipment for their new theater in their new location at Field Shopping Center.

2012 Activity

RMH Foods-Assisted RMH in securing a grant with DCEO/Office of Trade and Investment to attend a Canadian Food Supply Trade Show to open up new opportunities for exporting
American Tire Distribution and Warehouse Center-Built a 120,000
sf warehouse and distribution center to better serve both their agriculture and manufacturing customers in the Midwest.
Firehouse Pizza-Opened this new restaurant in Downtown Morton
4b Components-Purchased a 55,
000sf building to expand their operations in the U.S.
Trophy Pro-new downtown location to better serve their growing business
Inspired Arts Academy-A new children's center offering classes in art, theater, dance, and music
Sheet Metal Workers Local 1 Joint Apprenticeship Training facility- JATC program will train individuals for HVAC
Hacienda Fuentes-New restaurant specializing in authentic Mexican cuisine will open in
Dowtown Morton
Second Betty Vintage Boutique-Boutique opened in Downtown Morton, specializing in antiques, vintage gifts, refurbished and painted furniture
First Dibs-Boutique opened in Downtown Morton, specializing in antique and slightly used furniture
BSI/Morton Industries-
purchasied a warehouse and and expanded adding another 50,000 sf of manufacturing space. 
Kroger Fuel Center-a new fuel center in the Morton Plaza
Jefferson Street Studio and Art Gallery-showcasing handmade pottery, jewelry, and
water colors
and offering art classes.

2011 Activity

Adore Bridal-New bridal store to open in Downtown Morton
Behind Every Bride-New business that connects Central Illinois Brides with area businesses opens in Downtown Morton
Great Clips-Hair cutting franchise opens in Morton Plaza
The Velveteen Rabbit-Antique store opens in Downtown Morton
Yinlun-Chinese company
announes US Headquarters will be located in Morton
Leaves N' Beans-Coffee house and eatery to open in Downtown Morton
Harvest Bread-Bakery franchise to open on Jackson Street in Morton
Verizon Wireless-New retail storefront opened in Morton Plaza
Morton Avenue Shell Station-Facility opened under new ownership selling both gas and groceries - Field Shopping Center
David Mills, CPA-Consolidated their Peoria and Morton offices in a new, larger location on Main Street
Grimm's Lighthouse Auto-Expansion and redesign of their showroom
Wines & More-Opened and expanded a new location on Main Street
Alwan's Pharmacy-Broke ground for a Morton facility on Maxine Drive
Soderstrom Spa-Broke ground for a new physician office and spa on Maxine Drive
Maxine's on Main-New gourmet restaurant opened in Downtown Morton on Main Street

2010 Activity
Sam Leman Ford Chrysler - Expansion
Cherrytree Cabinets and Furniture--New location
CRST--New location
Touch of Wellness Chiropractic
Rocke's Meat Haus

2009 Activity

Morton Aquatic Center - New Construction
Schooners – Expansion
Red Rock Bar & Grille – Expansion
Millennia – New Location

2008 Activity

CAT Logistics - Expansion
Apostolic Christian Church Family Services – Expansion
Apostolic Christian Restmor – Expansion
Cornerstone Architectural Concepts – New Industrial Construction
DC3 Solutions – Expansion
Fieldstone Residential Development – New Residential Construction
Hardees Fast Food Franchise – New Commercial Construction
Heartland Bank – Expansion
Envision Insurance Agency – Expansion
Holiday Inn Express – New Commercial Construction
J.J. Braker – Expansion
Morton Fire Department – Expansion
Orchard Hills Residential Development – New Residential Construction
O’Reilly Auto Parts – New Commercial Construction
TDI and Advanced Design Systems – Expansion
Trails At Timber Oaks Residential Development – New Residential Construction
Wolf Crossing Residential Development – New Residential Construction

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