Gov. Pat Quinn traveled the state Thursday announcing new jobs at three Illinois businesses. Stop one for Quinn: Vosges Haut-Chocolat in Chicago. The chocolate maker is moving into a new facility and will create 35 new jobs over the next 15 months. The company was helped with state loans and tax credits.
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The second stop of the day brought Quinn to Colona and Tennant Truck Lines (pictured). The regional trucking company is building a 20,000-square foot facility there and will create 30 jobs. They took advantage of EDGE tax credits worth up to $1.1 million over 10 years.
Finally Quinn stopped in East Peoria where he visited Endotronix Inc., which is developing a sensor system for patients with congestive heart failure. The company took advantage of the Invest Illinois Venture Fund that supports young, innovative companies in Illinois. The state has invested $400,000 to support expansion of the company and the company will create 10 new jobs.
“These high-potential companies are examples of the innovation and diversity that makes up Illinois manufacturing landscape,” Quinn said. “Small business means big business. As our state continues to recover from the great recession, we must always do all we can to boost economic growth and job creation.”
Three out of every four workers in Illinois are employed by a small business, employing fewer than 500 workers. There are 271,000 small businesses in Illinois employing 3.7 million workers.