Randolph County Economic Development

Randolph County Economic Development

1 Taylor Street

Chester, Illinois 62233

618.826.5000 Ext 221

618.826.3363 Fax econdev@randolphco.org




The Chester Bridge in Randolph County, Gateway to the West

  Welcome to Randolph County!

The confluence of the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers is in Randolph County. The facilities of the Kaskaskia Regional Port District and the Kaskaskia River Project provide low-cost, inward and outbound shipping of farm grains, manufactured goods and supplies, aggregates, steel, and other products to and from the world.


The region's work ethic is born of generations on the family farm, in mining, and in manufacturing. We are highly trained and adapt seamlessly to new technology.


The corporate headquarters of Gilster-Mary Lee, one of America's largest manufacturers of private-label food products is in Randolph County. Other local companies include Knighthawk Coal, Red Bud Industries, Spartan Light Metals, Southern Illinois Crankshaft, Roeslein Red Bud, Total Titanium, Flex-Line Automation, and The Material Works. Randolph County Government, as well as local city governments understand the importance of all our businesses and we advocate for them.


We hold a business-friendly tax structure, competitive labor, construction and utility costs, and an excellent communications system including high-speed Internet.


Randolph County is served by several rail lines including Union Pacific, Mo Pac and the Illinois Central. There are ubiquitous state highways and Interstate 55 is just minutes away. The Chester Bridge provides a gateway to the West and over 2000 trucks roll through Randolph County daily. Randolph County is within a day's drive of 65 percent of America's population.


More than 2500 megawatts of electricity are generated by Luminant's Baldwin facility and the nearby Prairie State Energy Campus, providing the energy to power any manufacturing or mining project.


Randolph County's public and private school systems are the pride of southern Illinois. Southwestern Illinois College is in Red Bud and several other colleges are within an hour's drive, including Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.


Randolph County is a beautiful place to live. The inviting and family-oriented culture enhances our wonderful quality of life. More than 100 churches in several denominations provide worship choices. There are three hospitals in Randolph County, more than 60 restaurants, and, if you enjoy big city culture, St. Louis, Belleville, Cape Girardeau and Carbondale are less than an hour away.


We invite you to explore this website, follow us on Instagram at Randolphcoil, click on our Facebook page and visit our Pinterest Boards for a photo tour of the sites and scenes of Randolph County. There are also links to digital video products that highlight Randolph County on several pages of this website. Click on History. Sites. Nature. The Confluence Heritage Area.


Please contact Randolph County Economic Development to see how we can help your business grow ... Where Illinois Business Began!



Copyright 2020 by the Randolph County Progress Committee. Photography courtesy of Christopher Martin. Used by permission.