An Illinois company that provides food ingredients worldwide has opened a new facility in the state. Gov. Pat Quinn was on hand to cut the ribbon at Ingredion’s new dry-starch production facility in Bedford Park. “Ingredion has been an integral part of our state’s economy for more than a century and their decision to build this state-of-the-art addition to the Bedford Park plant is a testament to our state’s strong position in the global marketplace,” Quinn said.

Ingredion was formerly known as Corn Products International.

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The Westchester, Ill.-headquartered company employs over 11,000 worldwide, 600 of those at the Bedford Park plant. Ingredion boss Ilene Gordon says Illinois is the right fit for her company. “We have wonderful trained people here in Illinois,” Gordon said. “We have natural resources in terms of corn and other raw materials that we use in our process, water and energy.” She says being in the center of the United States creates value for Ingredion’s customers.

Quinn toured an Ingredion facility in Brazil during a trade mission last year.

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