At the MEDC, we like to celebrate local business expansions, new residential and commercial developments, and community projects. Below is a list of projects underway or recently completed in Morton.
Carius Dairy Queen
Replaced aging signage.
Replaced street signage.
Painted block & brick, installed new metal on their building facade.
Academy of Fretted Instruments
Replaced windows and the front door of the shop.
Ann's On The Side
Renovated an existing structure to open a new clothing boutique.
Safari Bowl, Inc.
Added a full service commercial kitchen to their existing facility, updating plumbing, electrical and equipment too.
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.
Launched a new design and construction company (architectural design, engineering, real estate development and construction management services) in downtown Morton.
Installed new exterior wall signage on the front of the building.
Installed awning over the walkway to the building's entrance.
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.
Warehouse expansion by 53,000 sf expansion
First Farm Credit Union
New office and drive through
New Location, larger facility for Pizza Ranch who will also hire 25 additional employees. Banquet facilities will be much larger than original building.
Yinlun PURItech Emission Technologies
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
New 50 unit assisted living facility located on the corner of North Main and Highland Street and will create 30 new jobs.
Amish Choice Wood Furniture
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
Was awarded two large IDOT projects, therefore expanding with 15 new employees. They received a Tazewell County Revolving Loan.
Larry Webber Construction
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 received a Morton Micro-Grant to assist in an extensive remodel, technology improvements, and staff expansion.
Farm and Fleet
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
New eatery on Main Street. Providing new menu items and serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Will begin construction of a new 120,000 sf 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
So Chic Boutique will carry high 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 will take 4,000 sf 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 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 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
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
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 in Morton beginning in January, 2014.
Inspired Arts Academy
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.
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 55,000 sf 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.
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
Sam Leman Ford Chrysler - Expansion
Cherrytree Cabinets and Furniture--New location
Touch of Wellness Chiropractic
Rocke's Meat Haus
Morton Aquatic Center - New Construction
Schooners – Expansion
Red Rock Bar & Grille – Expansion
Millennia – New Location
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