Jel Sert unveils expansion plans in West Chicago

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

The Jel Sert Company has announced expansion plans in West Chicago. The initiative is expected to generate more than 50 new jobs and secure up to 1,000 existing jobs in Illinois.

The $10-million expansion will include construction of a new manufacturing facility and an augmentation of production lines. These enhancements are aimed at meeting the escalating demand for powdered stick packs.

Governor JB Pritzker, in conjunction with The Jel Sert Company and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), called the plan “a testament to Illinois’ pro-business environment.”

“Illinois is open for business, and we are showing the rest of America why we are the best place for businesses to expand and grow,” he said. “I’m thrilled that Jel Sert decided to expand their footprint in Illinois with more than 50 new jobs in West Chicago.

“They’re a leader in the manufacturing space and we look forward to our continued partnership as they grow in Illinois.”

Established in Illinois in 1926, The Jel Sert Company has a diverse product line ranging from drink mixes to freezable novelties.

“At Jel Sert, we believe in the power of community and the strength of local manufacturing,” remarked Ken Wegner, president of The Jel Sert Company. “Our expansion in West Chicago reaffirms our commitment to the community and to continue providing American families with the quality products they love.”

As part of the expansion initiative, Jel Sert has secured an Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) tax credit, underscoring the state’s dedication to fostering economic growth. DCEO Director Kristin Richards expressed optimism regarding the venture, stating, “Jel Sert has a storied history in West Chicago, and the State of Illinois is committed to helping this family-owned business continue to grow in the state for another century.”

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