Ottawa is a growing center for manufacturing, research and development, agriculture, warehouse distribution and commercial development. This diverse base continues to prosper due to Ottawa’s favorable location, tax incentives and quality workforce.
Ottawa is ideally positioned on the east-west Interstate 80, nine miles east of north-south Interstate 39 and just 90 miles from Chicago. Ottawa’s Industrial Park is located two miles from I-80 at highways 71 and 6. Rail access is on site, and a barge terminal is nearby on the Illinois River. Other industrial and commercial sites are located just north and south of I-80 and Route 23, and in the “Greater Ottawa” Industrial Park on Ottawa’s South-side.
Tax advantages and other economic incentives attract new business and industry, and encourage expansion by existing companies. The city’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts and Enterprise Zones allow for reimbursements and waivers for a variety of eligible expenses. Too, the City of Ottawa utilizes a streamlined permitting process to help meet tight deadlines.
Ottawa boasts a well-balanced economy and progressive business atmosphere. In addition to a broad-based retail establishment, the community is the source of a wide range of manufacture’s products for both domestic use and export.
Ottawa is home to many traditional and newer technology and market-driven companies. Recent companies locating in Ottawa are PetSmart, Kohl’s and Clover Technologies Distribution Centers who join Mitsuboshi Belting, Tyson Foods, and Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating Distribution Centers on Ottawa’s North-side.
Unique companies whose home is Ottawa include International Titanium Powders, only producer of pure Titanium through its “Armstrong Process”, Frequency Devices, Inc., which provides analog and digital signal processing and signal conditioning solutions; B&B Electronics, a data communications manufacturing company; SIKA Corporation, a manufacture of cement additives, Mineral Visions, manufacture of colored sand; Clover Technologies Group, a toner cartridge manufacture and ITW-Zip-Pak, manufacture of the “zippers” for plastic storage bags.
Traditional and long established companies include SABIC Innovative Plastics (formerly GE Plastics), Pilkington Glass (formerly Libby Owens Ford), U.S. Silica Sand Company, Unimin Corporation and Peltier Glass, the city’s oldest manufacture which opened in 1888 and currently produces a variety of glass products.
To assist established and new companies into our industrial and commercial sites, the specialized training programs of the Illinois Valley Community College, located about 15 minutes west of Ottawa, will customize courses to meet specific needs of companies and conduct classes and training sessions either on campus or at company sites.
In the News
Economic Development Corporation of North Central Illinois meets $400,000 goal and moves forward with its creation
”The Beaute Bar” upscale salon open in 807 building
Community leaders meet with Sports Facility Advisory Consultants to discuss feasibility of Recreational Center
”Tangled Roots Lone Buffalo” brew pub opens
”Hope for L:ife” Center to open in Central Life building
”Cristal Metals” produces 1st pure titanium powder batch by revolutionary method
Former “Jims formal; Wear” building sold
”Visiting Angels”, provider of medical senior care providers opens
SE corner building on Main and Clinton Street sold and to be turned into an Art Center and Gallery
Floodplain Management Commission formed to determine ways to mitigate the impact of flood events
RiverHouse Bed & Breakfast opens on Ottawa’s Southside
”The Ottawa Bakery” opens on Court & Madison St.
Grand Opening of “Red Dog Grille” at Heritage Harbor Resort
”Laurilea’s Unique Junk Boutique” opens on Court Street
Carson Building sold to Tangled Roots Brewing Company
Mayor presents annual “State of the City” highlighting “before and after” pictures of downtown
Medical Marijuna Dispensary opens
Starved Rock Country Community Foundation is organized
Ottawa Area Enterprise Zone certified effective January 1, 2016
City announces $.4.5 million upgrade to Ottawa Industrial Park
Anytime Fitness” opens new facility
Hardees” reopens in former location
Bill Walsh Honda opens in facility
”Sports Clips” opens first non-suburban down-state location in “Ottawa Center”
”Sticky Lizard Yogurt” Opens on Main Street
Rosati’s Pizza announces plans to open restaurant in Wal-Mart Center
”Iconics” ladies fashion store opens on LaSalle St.
RP Lumber has Grand Opening
Ottawa Boat club Purchased
Reddick Library has Grand Opening of new $2 million renovated facility