Agriculture and industry play large roles in Mattoon’s strong local economy, with such companies as Anamet Electrical, Inc., General Electric, Justrite Manufacturing Co., Mattoon Precision Manufacturing, R.R. Donnelley & Sons, Mars Petcare US and Lender’s Bagels located within the city’s boundaries. In addition to these top industrial companies, the community houses three grain elevators in town. Mattoon’s positive business environment has consistently attracted new and innovative companies to the area, raising the quality of life in the community.
The Mattoon Enterprise Park is a 230-acre site zoned for industrial use. The park’s lots range between two acres and 15 acres, with prices going for $8,000-$15,000 per acre. The Enterprise Park is positioned along U.S. 45, one mile from the new I-57 interchange.
Ag business is a leading force in Mattoon. The Farmers Grain Co. of Dorans specializes in the purchase and selling of corn, beans and wheat, while U.S. Soy LLC has used Mattoon’s abundant land supply for storage facilities, a processing plant and offices. The company chose Mattoon as their location due to the area being recognized as one of the top areas in the country for the growing of soy beans. U.S. Soy hails as one of the most substantial soy bean inventories of Organic food-grade bean varieties in the entire nation.
Mattoon is comprised of over 18,000 acres of farmland, housing nearly 300 farms. For support, the farmers join the Coles County Farm Bureau, a part of the Illinois Farm Bureau. Ninety-six counties in Illinois participate in the Bureau, which represents two out of every three farmers in the state. The organization’s mission is “to improve the economic well-being of agriculture and enrich the quality of farm family life.” The Coles County Farm Bureau aids farmers by providing updated information on modern technology, informing farmers of aspects impacting agriculture in the area, representing farmers in local, state and national government and offering marketing and educational services to enhance members’ net farm income.
Lake Land College also presents great support for the agricultural industry in Mattoon. The college’s Ag Department prepares students to enter the workforce by offering training in various areas of ag business. LLC grants two-year and transfer degrees in agriculture, as well as several certificate programs. One of its most unique programs is the John Deere TECH Program. A joint effort by John Deere and LLC, in cooperation with John Deere dealers, this program offers students the opportunity for hands-on training at a sponsoring dealership, while at the same time earning a salary. Year after year, LLC’s ag programs generate a large number of well-trained employees – an asset that continues to draw more ag-related business to Mattoon.
Employer — Product/Service
Alton Warehouse & Delivery — Warehouse & Delivery Service
Birkey’s — Industrial Equipment/Sales and Service
Conner Company — Commercial HVAC and Plumbing
Curry Construction — Industrial Contractor
Fastenal — Industrial Fasteners
Furry Sons Warehouse — Warehousing & Distribution
Hughes Supply — Utility Company Supplier
Howell Paving, Inc. — Heavy/Highway Construction
Ill-MO — Commercial Welding Products
Illinois Bearing — Industrial Bearing and Fitting
Illinois Plumbing — Commercial HVAC and Plumbing
Lorenz Supply — Industrial and Commercial Wholesale Retail
M&M Pump Supply — Industrial Piping and Pumps
Miller Overton Trucking — Trucking & Warehouse
NCI Metallic Building LP — Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings
Ready-Mix — Concrete
Rural King Supply — Retail Sales
S & K Air Power — Industrial and Contractor Supply
Springfield Electric — Wholesale Electric Supplier
UPS — Distribution Center