KEWANEE -- BOMAG Americas has announced it will cease manufacturing operations in Kewanee by the end of 2014.
A company news release issued Wednesday said BOMAG Americas is moving its business to a yet to be determined location in the southern U.S. The release stated the move is designed to "maximize its (BOMAG's) manufacturing efficiencies, maintain competitive product costs and, most importantly, better support our customers."
About 200 people work at BOMAG's 222,000-square-foot factory off U.S. 34 east of Kewanee, according to the Kewanee Economic Development Corp. Asphalt rollers and other road construction equipment that had been built at the plant will be moved or replaced by BOMAG products made in Oklahoma, Germany or China," according to the release.
Three years ago, BOMAG received incentives from the state to consolidate its Illinois and Missouri operations in Kewanee.
Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.