New Warehouse Debuts at Struggling Illinois Airport

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MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP)- A fresh produce distributor’s new, nearly
$6 million warehouse at a struggling southwestern Illinois airport
is expected to employ about 80 workers by this fall. Gov. Pat Quinn attended a grand opening Thursday at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah   for the more than
36,000-square-foot refrigerated warehouse. Traverse City, Mich.,-based North Bay Produce intends to use the site to send fruits and vegetables to international customers. The company specializes in apples, asparagus, blackberries, blueberries, pomegranates, raspberries and peas. St. Clair County owns the airport and contributed more than $2
million and the refrigeration equipment. Officials hope the site becomes a player in global trade. MidAmerica has struggled since opening in 1998, and it lost its
last passenger service a decade later.


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