EFFECTIVE June 17, 2013
Contractors and other entities participating in a real estate construction, rehabilitation, or renovation project in an Enterprise Zone or a River Edge Redevelopment Zone – or for a state-certified High Impact Business – may purchase building materials for the project exempt from sales tax.
Beginning July 1, 2013, the building materials exemption will be available only to those contractors or other entities with a certificate issued by the Illinois Department of Revenue.
This bulletin provides a brief description of the requirements. For complete information about what you need, visit their website at tax.illinois.gov and click on the “Business Incentives Reporting and Building Materials Exemption Certification” link.
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Illinois Enterprise Zone Association
PRESERVE VITAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOLS
SB 43 will deal a devastating blow to the effectiveness of the Enterprise Zone Program. The legislation requires payment of prevailing wage rates for labor on all construction projects that take place within the boundaries of Enterprise Zones and even when public funds are not utilized in the construction project.
Reason for Opposition:
- This bill would mandate a change of Prevailing Wage from its traditional role in government funded Public Works projects to a new government mandate on virtually all private sector commercial and industrial construction projects in 97 Enterprise Zones across the state. What this means is that if an existing business wants to expand or a new business locate within the Enterprise Zone whether they would receive any benefits they would have to pay Prevailing Wage for construction projects.
- Requiring payment of prevailing wages rates will have a large impact on the cost of construction and maintenance projects. So much so that prevailing wage could make many projects cost prohibitive with shelved projects direct results. These zones were setup to help blighted areas, how is this helping blighted areas when the legislation will make it cost prohibitive for renovation and new construction?
UPDATE: Please continue to keep an eye on this bill . SB43 final action deadline was extended to November 30, 2009. This means it will be the veto session before it will be acted on again and will need a super majority vote to pass. We will post any updates as we hear about them. Thank you for all of your hard work to stop this bad bill!
Betty J. Steinert, President
John Thompson, Vice President
UPM Raflatac , Inc. has purchased a 62-acre site at I-88 and Illinois Route 26, at Dixon adjacent to the Lee County Business Park and has begun construction of a new pressure sensitive labelstock factory. Project completion is scheduled for first quarter 2008 with an estimated investment value of $109 million.
Dixon facilities will join Raflatacâs other North American operations in Fletcher, NC; Wilkes-Barre, PA; and Ontario, CA. Raflatac has around 2,300 total employees and has indicated they will employ 160+ employees. Ultimate facility designs are being completed by OâNeal, Inc, Greenville, SC and are expected to be in excess of 200,000 SF. The site selection process was conducted through Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Chicago.
Lee County Industrial Development Association (LCIDA) coordinated efforts to secure Raflatacâs commitment to the Dixon and State of Illinois site choice and is proud to have brought this massive investment in process manufacturing by a European-based company to our region of Illinois.
Construction management is through Marathon/Architects/Engineers/Planners, LLC, an Appleton (WI)-based member of the Jaako-Poyry Group, specialists in paper processes.
Raflatac is part of UPM, one of the worldâs leading producers of printing papers. The UPM Groupâs sales for 2005 were EUR 9.3 billion, and it has over 31,000 employees with production in 15 countries. UPMâs main markets are Europe and North America.
Development to result in 700 new good-paying jobs with benefits.
As a result of cooperative efforts, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is almost finished with the construction of the warehouse/distribution center in Whiteside County.
This project has entailed the construction of a state-of-the-art, $62M, 900,000 square foot facility that will provide quality jobs for more than 700 full time employees. This summer more than 40 management positions were filled to start coordination of the hiring and start up of the distribution center.
While some of the management team have already moved to Whiteside County many will not move until the first of the year. Many of these individuals are coming from all over the United States, but some are local employees who will be moving into management positions. Last month while here for training the management team spent a Friday working on local projects, such as at the Morrison Day Care Center on the playground and equipment. They also helped with fixing a roof on a home in the Sterling area. They donât even live here yet and they are out working on community projects.
Applications are now being excepted and hiring will start very soon for the more than seven hundred (700) hundred positions. The facility will be open for business in April 2006. Advertised wages at the distribution center will start at $13/hr. for warehouse positions, maintenance supervisor at $16/hr., and maintenance technicians at $16/hr. with 50-cent incremental raises every three months. These jobs will also provide a benefit package that includes: comprehensive medical/ dental plan, 401K plan, company profit sharing, and life insurance, just to mention a few.
The impact of the location of the Wal-Mart Distribution to Whiteside County will not only create an estimated $110.2M increased annual economic activity, but will also provide the value of the employees in volunteering for our communities not to mention the contributions that will be added to our non for profit organizations by contributions from Wal-Mart.
On August 14, 2003 at 4:11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Ontario, Canada and much of the Northeastern United States were hit by the largest blackout in North American history. Fifty million people lost their electricity, and darkness covered an area from New York to Toronto to Ohio. Lights went out, subways ground to a halt, refrigeration shut down and business stopped cold in its tracks. Days passed slowly before some electricity consumers had power restored. Could that happen here? What would you or your businesses do if this happened? These are really important questions.
The Lee County Enterprise Zone (LCEZ) in northwest Illinois is helping to make sure that an outage like 2003âs will never happen to us in the Midwest. Duke Energy will be adding âdark startâ capability to their Lee County facility using Caterpillar diesel generators. In 2001 Duke Energy completed an 8-unit peak generating power plant in Nachusa, Illinois near Dixon in the LCEZ. At the time, Duke saw the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program as a very important incentive tool to enable them to make the $218 million investment in the facility. Today, as part of a new contract to provide âdark startâ capability to ComEd, Duke is again investing in the LCEZ.
On or before January 1, 2005 Duke will have installed at its Lee County Generating Station three new 1.4-megawatt diesel generators capable of starting one of the Duke peaker units if the grid should experience a blackout. Like most power plants today, these facilities make electricity but also need electricity from an outside source to enable them to start up. It is a kind of Catch-22, and with this new âdark startâ capability the Duke peakers will be stand-alone and can start each other.
The sequence would go something like this:
- Upon experiencing a blackout situation, Duke would be critical to ComEdâs Restoration Plan and would fire up the CAT diesels, generating enough power to start one of the 80-megawatt peaker units.
- That unit can then provide power to start the other seven units on site, bringing 640-megawatts of total power back on line.
- This will begin to restore grid stability and provide power for early restoration, as load would demand.
- Lee County Station power would feed the grid to handle critical loads, help restart other generating assets and balance the overall load and stability on the Midwest grid itself.
Duke will invest $2.6 million in the stand-alone Caterpillar Diesel Generator Dark Start Project. The weather-protected units will be installed on concrete pads adjacent to Unit # 1. Duke is pleased to use Caterpillar units for this project. CAT itself is a big user of Illinoisâ Enterprise Zone programs so it is good to see their product as part of the Lee County project. Equipment is scheduled for delivery on site by October 15 with complete installation and operational capability by January 1, 2005.
Thanks to Jim Cumbow, Superintendent of O&M and Kate Perez of Public Affairs for Duke Energy, the United States Air Force and CBC News for source material contributing to this article and for photos. For more information contact John Thompson, Lee County Enterprise Zone Administrator at 815-284-3361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lee County Enterprise Zone in Dixon recently announced a high-profile project that had been kept under wraps as the highly secretive âProject Kodiakâ for many months. It was revealed by Zone Administrator and President of Lee County Industrial Development Association (LCIDA) John Thompson that the facility was in fact going to be a new 576,000 square foot (expandable to 800,000 SF) packaging and distribution center for the Rayovac Corporation of Madison, Wisconsin.
Thompson made the announcement along with Dixon Mayor James Burke timed just after Rayovac made the project known to its own employees and stockholders. Rayovac had been working for well over a year to develop the Dixon project as part of its new global strategies that included purchase of the German battery company Varta. With the Varta acquisition, Rayovac is one of the worldâs leading battery and lighting device companies with revenues over $1 billion. Rayovac products are sold in over 115 countries.
The new $20 million distribution and packaging center complex is located in the Lee County Business Park owned by LCIDA and contained in the Lee County Enterprise Zone. Construction began last June and Rayovac anticipates full operation later into 2003. The facility consolidates distribution and packaging operations currently being handled at several Rayovac facilities and outside suppliers. A total of 300 employees are expected to work in the complex when the ramp-up is complete.
Higgins Development Partnership of Chicago is the real estate developer for the building complex and Mc Shane Construction, one of the Mc Shane Companies, is the contractor for the building that covers 18 acres, including truck aprons, of the 55-acre site.
Dixon was chosen after an in-depth study encompassing an evaluation of alternate solutions to eliminate current inefficient multi-location operations and to best serve the Companyâs ever growing customer base. The site search stretched throughout the mid-central and mid-east portions of the United States. The Facility and Location Strategy Implementation Department of Chicago-based Deloitte & Touche acted as consultants for Rayovac.
âThis new centralized packaging and distribution center is expected to result in significant annual savings in freight, inventory and operating costs,â said Dave Jones, Rayovac Chairman and CEO.
Locating the new complex in Dixon near the new $200 million-plus Union Pacific Railroad intermodal (also in the Lee County Enterprise Zone) being built in nearby Rochelle, will allow Rayovac to better serve its entire U.S. customer base while significantly reducing freight costs. The centralization will also reduce inventory levels necessary in Rayovacâs current multi-location architecture.
âSuccessful companies understand the importance of having easy access to their markets. Illinois has long been known as the nationâs transportation hub, and the siting of this project in Dixon further bolsters that claim,â said Illinois Governor George H. Ryan. âInitiatives like Illinois FIRST have infused a significant amount of resources into upgrading the stateâs infrastructure in order for us to maintain this leadership role in the way goods are distributed across the country.â
The Dixon facility will serve as Rayovacâs main packaging facility for its products and will be the companyâs largest distribution center in North America. Rayovac also operates distribution centers in Fresno, CA, La Vergne, TN, and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Rayovac is eligible to receive benefits through the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program due to its location in the Lee County Zone at Dixon. Rayovac is also eligible to receive EDGE tax credits administered through DCCA.
The Rayovac announcement was very well received in Dixon, Lee County, throughout the region and across Illinois. âWe are thrilled to have a household name such as Rayovac here,â said Dixon Mayor Jim G. Burke. âThe facility will provide quality jobs to hundreds of our citizens and it doesnât get any better than that.â
âLCIDA worked had for over a year to site this project. We got strong support from the State of Illinois,â said John Thompson. âDCCAâs Pam McDonough, Dennis Pescitelli, Craig Coil, Tom Henderson, Mark Gauss, Dave Goben and Dennis Gorss were especially helpful along with the City of Dixon and its Mayor Burke, Finance Commissioner Bridgeman, the City Council and department heads,â Thompson concluded.
The Rayovac facility is clearly visible in Rayovacâs new blue, black and gray corporate colors at the Dixon interchange of I-88 and Illinois Route 26. Rayovac plans a major opening celebration and open house at the end of March.