Hoffman Transportation to Expand its Operation within
Coal City’s Union Pacific-Supported Industrial Corridor
At the Regular Board Meeting of the Coal City Village Trustees on May 10, 2017, the Village of Coal City entered into a Redevelopment Agreement ensuring Hoffman Transportation of Channahon, IL will expand upon their existing business with a new location to be constructed in Coal City. This expansion, which shall exceed $12 million, will build upon Hoffman Transportation’s commitment to “take over where the train stops,” due to its location within Coal City’s industrial corridor, which receives Union Pacific Railroad manifest freight service. President/CEO of Hoffman Transportation, Kevin Hoffman, along with the Vice-President Jordan Hoffman, has been negotiating an economic incentive with the Village of Coal City, to provide the necessary incentive to construct the initial infrastructure investments and begin a new trucking operation. The location with direct access to I-55 from Reed Road within Coal City provides the opportunity for Hoffman Transportation to build upon its past success in a new location and offer new services.
The Redevelopment Agreement adopted via an Ordinance on Wednesday evening ensures both parties shall remain committed to the success of this new location. Hoffman Transportation shall construct a 415,000 square ft. warehouse, construct 20 new rail sidings from which the company shall provide transload servicing, and certain infrastructure improvements to include the extension of Coal City’s sanitary services, water delivery system, establishment of the storm water detention for the industrial area, and street improvements to establish its entrance onto Reed Road. The Village of Coal City shall reimburse Hoffman Transportation for certain infrastructure improvement with pay-as-you-go TIF reimbursement of $2.1 million in offsite public utility improvements and a continual sharing formula for the remainder of the 17 years of the TIF District dependent upon Hoffman Transportation’s capability to maintain full-time jobs at the facility and increase the EAV with an initial warehouse and possible future phases.
Mayor Halliday thanked Kevin Hoffman on behalf of the Village Board of Trustees for considering Coal City for its next business expansion, “We believed from the beginning Coal City offered the best potential for expanding of Kevin’s business. We were happy to work together and reach a solution by which more jobs will be available for our residents closer to home. Besides Kevin and Jordan, I would like to thank all of the dedicated people who reviewed this and worked together; this included many entities such as the Fire District, Grundy County, our townships and local drainage authorities. We are excited for Hoffman’s investment in an area we know carries much potential for hosting many jobs and further industrial growth.” As Mayor Halliday alluded, Hoffman Transportation simultaneously sought permission for necessary road access from Grundy County, which is the last action to be provided prior to the construction of the warehouse.
Preparation of the land has begun and work shall continue throughout the summer to ensure the rail sidings are fully operational by this fall to begin providing transload servicing. The warehouse was approved to begin construction and is expected to take shape throughout the remainder of 2017. At the May 10, 2017 Regular Board Meeting, in addition to the Redevelopment Agreement, the Board of Trustees approved a zoning ordinance granting the necessary zoning and conditional uses for Hoffman Transportation to begin operating on this industrial site due to the unanimous recommendation for approval that had been provided by the Village’s Planning & Zoning Board.
Issued by: Village of Coal City
Questions: Matt Fritz, Village Administrator
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