Regional Report: Bioscience and Energy-Efficiency Repair Automotive's Crash in Midwest
The automotive sector's crash brought hard times for some Midwestern states, but the region sees new life in the biosciences and energy-efficient vehicles.
Mali R. Schantz-Feld (June/July 10)
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Besides attracting new developments, states are retaining existing businesses. In December 2009 UPS received a $24 million business investment package that will help leverage $91 million in private investment and save at least 3,000 Illinois jobs at two facilities scheduled for upgrades.
"For decades, Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan area have played an important role in the UPS service network," says Ron Sinclair, UPS Central Region communications manager. "Illinois is home to UPS's Chicago Area Consolidation Hub (CACH) in Hodgkins, a regional air gateway in Rockford, and over 30 other facilities in the state that are critical to UPS's small package network and logistics capabilities. UPS employs over 20,000 people throughout the state and has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the state of Illinois and the communities in which it serves. Working together with the state and local communities, UPS's objective is to continue the pursuit of growth in its business throughout Illinois while maintaining and growing high-value jobs for its citizens."