More jobs and a new product line are expected to be coming to Godfrey, after approval of a low-interest economic development loan of $250,000 by the Madison County Board last week. International Mulch Company purchased the former Owens-Illinois plant on Tolle Lane in 2008, and is now looking to close its Bridgeton, Missouri plant and consolidate operations in the Riverbend. The loan must ultimately receive the approval of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

International Mulch produces a variety of products out of recycled rubber from tires. A new product called rubber paper is expected to begin production at the Godfrey plant once the consolidation is complete. Rubber paper is 16-inch-by-16-inch, and three-quarters of an inch thick. It is commonly used to cover cracks in concrete when a completely new coucrete pour is not wanted or needed. With the consolidation, the company expects to add another 20 or so jobs to the 21 already established at the Godfrey plant.