SOUTH BELOIT - After 71 years in business in an unincorporated area outside South Beloit, Mid-States Concrete Products is becoming a part of the city.
The South Beloit City Council approved an annexation agreement with the company during a special meeting Monday, bringing more than 60 acres owned by the company into the city.
"What you have done to welcome us has been wonderful," said Mid-States President Hagen Harker. "It's a watershed moment for our company."
Mid-States Concrete employs 250 people and is located at 500 S. Park Ave. Though it is surrounded by property already in the city, it has been in an unincorporated area for years.
"This closes a big doughnut hole in the city," said assistant city attorney Aaron Szeto.
As part of the annexation agreement, Mid-States Concrete will be seeking TIF district assistance. The city will have to create a new TIF (Tax Increment Finance) district, Szeto said.
The property will be zoned by the city as heavy industrial, which will allow the company to continue operating as it has been. The company's primary product is precast concrete building material.
Hagen Harker and Charles Harker, chairman of Mid-States Concrete, were at the meeting Monday and thanked city officials for their efforts in putting the annexation agreement together.
"It's awesome to have some of our best citizens finally become truly our citizens," Mayor Ted Rehl said.
"It's exciting. It's nice to finally say, yes, they are part of our city," said council member Linda Chambers.
Hagen Harker said in the near future the company is looking at directing less truck traffic on South Park Avenue and using Dearborn Avenue more for truck traffic. The company also is looking at a water recycling system in the near future.
Hagen Harker said the annexation is a natural transition for the company and he complimented the mayor and the council for making it possible.
"They want to partner with people and they really want to grow South Beloit," he said.