Renner: Prosthetics Manufacturer Exploring Move Into Bloomington-Normal | WGLT

Renner: Prosthetics Manufacturer Exploring Move Into Bloomington-Normal

Dec 6, 2017

Another manufacturer is considering a move into McLean County.

A company that makes prosthetic limbs met with Bloomington city officials last week about opening a manufacturing site here, said Mayor Tari Renner.

Renner made his comments Tuesday during the first of three town hall meetings he’s hosting around Bloomington this month. He declined to name the company. He said Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council officials were also at the meeting. Renner said the unspecified number of jobs would pay between $30,000 and $100,000.

“By and large, these are people who are going to be able to buy homes, buy cars, invest in our local economy. We’ll see,” Renner said. “Sometime this week, we’re expecting to get a proposal from them because they want us to act quickly.”

The EDC and City of Bloomington staff on Wednesday declined to comment.

“We are aware of Mayor Renner’s comments at last night’s town hall meeting,” said EDC spokesperson Zach Dietmeier. “It is the EDC’s policy that we do not comment publicly on any potential development projects we may or may not be pursuing for the community. If an agreement is reached on future deals in Bloomington, Normal, or elsewhere in McLean County, the EDC will provide details when appropriate.”

Brandt Industries formally announced last week that it bought a facility between Normal and Hudson with plans to create its first U.S. manufacturing. The Canadian agriculture equipment manufacturer was lured in part by local property-tax breaks (negotiated by the EDC) and an EDGE state tax credit.

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