Two locally based businesses were honored for job creation when Monroe County Economic Development Corporation held its 3rd Annual Meeting and Reception at “11 South” in Columbia, Ill.
A capacity crowd of business and community leaders were on hand Thursday, March 21, to hear about the corporation’s activities during 2018 and learn about plans for growth and economic development for the region in 2019. Budnick Converting Inc. of Columbia and Sun Basket Inc. – Midwest Operations, received special recognitions for their significant contributions in job creation, retention, innovation, and superior service. Ann Wegmann, president of Budnick Converting, and Tuan Nguyen, Midwest Operations manager for Sun Basket, accepted the recognitions in behalf of their companies.
“The corporation is grateful to high performing companies like Budnick and Sun Basket,” commented Chairperson Ryan Osterhage. “These companies are truly major drivers to the economic vitality of this region, and I look forward to watching them continue to grow and create good paying jobs for the region.”
Nikki Budzinski, senior advisor to Gov. JB Pritzker, was on hand to speak to the group about the state budget, a capital bill, revenue streams, and other strategies and initiatives of importance to the state and southern Illinois. She commended the corporation on the great work they were doing in the region and stated that Pritzker wishes to keep the lines of communication open with regional leaders as the administration looks for solutions, and creates initiatives, to get Illinois on track again.
Executive Director Edie Koch was encouraged by what Budzinski had to say.
“Monroe County Economic Development Corporation looks forward to the opportunity to participate in future dialogues as the new administration continues to determine the best way to move things forward for the state,” Koch said.
The event also included an introduction of the “Building Futures” program offered by Executive Director Anne King and staff of the Human Support Services. It was noted that job coaching, educational opportunities and customized training services, are available to employers who hire individuals with a disability.
About Monroe County Economic Development Corporation
The Monroe County Illinois Economic Development Corporation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage, promote, and assist economic development in the region. MCIEDC’s investor/membership is made up of business and government leaders dedicated to growing a more diversified local economy, a broader tax base, and an enhanced quality of life for the region. The MCIEDC serves Monroe county and Dupo.
About Human Support Services
HSS is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit serving Monroe County, that offers a full range of outpatient mental health services, an affordable housing program for persons with disabilities, and has a work services program for persons needing assistance in acquiring vocational and in independent living skills and experience. HHS has offices in Waterloo and Columbia, Ill.
About Sun Basket Inc. – Midwest Operations
Sun Basket Inc – Midwest Operations, is one of three distribution centers owned by Sun Basket Inc, a San Francisco-based subscription weekly meal delivery service that assembles and ships members meal kits comprised of fresh organic and sustainable ingredients and recipes, using a “pick to light technology”. Sun Basket Midwest Operations is located in Valmeyer, Ill., at Rock City Business Complex.
About Budnick Converting Inc.
Budnick engages in the sale and conversion of adhesive tapes and foams. The company’s primary services include slitting, die-cutting, printing, spooling, adhesive coating, laminating, XYZ axis table-top cutting, and waterjet and in in-line laser cutting services for a variety of industries. The company is based in Columbia, Ill., with sales, distribution or converting locations throughout the U.S. with a joint venture converting company in Monterrey, Mexico.