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Governor Pat Quinn is announcing new jobs in Monmouth, IL and the construction of a new facility.

It's a $30 million development that will create 155 new, full-time jobs in Monmouth.

"If you're breathing, we want you working in Illinois, that's our philosophy and a 155 new jobs here," said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. "Good jobs, middle class jobs you can support a family on."

It's a project that Monmouth Mayor Rod Davies said they've been working on for 10 years, trying to get a distribution and cold storage center in Monmouth to help support the manufacturing process at Smithfield-Farmland Foods.

"This distribution center to the Monmouth Farmland plant and together it really helps strengthen all of the employment opportunities and the future growth for this area," said Mayor Davies.

Cloverleaf Cold Storage is the new company coming to town, building almost a quarter-million sq. ft. refrigerated warehouse and distribution center.

But what brought them to Monmouth?

"We wanted to come to Monmouth because Smithfield-Farmland is here," said co-owner of Cloverleaf Cold Storage Daniel Kaplan. "They're a great customer of ours and a strong company. They have real needs for improving their distribution network and Monmouth is a great location to do that."

The City of Monmouth worked hard to get them a new access road, critical for the facility to work along with incentive totaling almost $3.5 million for the project.

"We have a huge amount of start-up expense in an operation like this, very, very capital intense business," said Kaplan. "They worked with us in extending a tax abatement."

In the next 3-5 years, Cloverleaf hopes to expand the facility to create 50 more jobs. They hope to have the new facility fully operational and open by March 2015.

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