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



Sugar Frosting Shredded Wheat at Gilster-Mary Lee

Agribusiness • Mining • Manufacturing

"The Randolph County workforce consists of many very sincere, hardworking, honest people who possess various levels of skills and who are dedicated to their jobs.  We feel that Randolph County is a good place to do business because of this.  We are pleased that we are located in Randolph County."


... Don Welge, President and CEO,

Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation



Why do so many businesses choose Randolph County as their home? It could be that Randolph County enjoys one of the lowest corporate income tax rates in the Midwest. There are local TIF zones and tax abatement. Flexible loan programs. Low-cost land in industrial parks. Incubation and business assistance, as well as export development through the services of the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center of Southern Illinois University. The experts at the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) provide a catalyst for transforming the state of manufacturing in our community.

There are incentives available from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Business and project assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Delta Regional Authority and the Economic Development Administration.

Randolph County is within a day's drive of over 65 percent of Americans. You can go to market quickly and conveniently by rail, over the road, or on the water. The facilities of the Kaskaskia Regional Port District provide the most efficient and environmentally friendly shipping alternative to anywhere in the world.

But our workforce is most important to our success. They are loyal and highly skilled. Mr. Welge said it best and he should know. Gilster-Mary Lee employs more than 3000 people in their operations.

Please click on the links at the right to visit the websites of our manufacturers. Find out more about Randolph County's workforce.

Grow it. Make it. Mine it. Then ship it efficiently to the world from Randolph County.



Randolph County ... Where Illinois Business Began!