Randolph County Economic Development

1 Taylor Street

Chester, Illinois 62233

618.826.5000 Ext 221

618.826.3363 Fax econdev@randolphco.org


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Pride in What We Do

Illinois began here. So did Illinois business. Randolph County is a leading agricultural, food processing, mining and manufacturing center in southwestern Illinois. Our workforce is loyal, disciplined and highly skilled. Our secondary schools, the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, the Illinois Small Business Development and International Trade Center of Southern Illinois University, and Southwestern Illinois College help our workers with updates and training on the latest efficiency models and technology.


A dedication to hard work and continuous improvement helps ensure the profitability of companies like Gateway FS, Knighthawk Coal Company, Southern Illinois Crankshaft, Dorma, Spartan Light Metals, Red Bud Industries, R & D Machine, The Material Works, Roeslein Red Bud, G & S Foundry, Kaskaskia Brewing Company, Dynegy, Peabody Energy, Flex-Line Automation, Total Titanium, Southern Illinois Transfer, Secon Rubber and Plastics, and Gilster-Mary Lee.


Skilled crafts people hand finish ophthalmological surgical instruments and machine precision crankshafts for the oil and gas industry. Highly trained assemblers create complex liquid canning systems. We import steel and aluminum for EPS and other value-added services. We manufacture custom coil processing installations and rubber and plastic products. There is a light metal foundry, window and door component makers, specialty conveyor lines engineered and built. We make beer and wine, and food products like marshmallow, boxed pasta dinners, shredded wheat, chocolate drink mix, popcorn, prepackaged snack cakes, and many others.


Randolph County is a major agribusiness producer in the Midwest. 200,000 acres of corn, wheat and soybeans grow here yearly to help fill America's food basket. We have been mining coal for decades to help generate electricity for the nation's power grid. Hundreds of drivers truck coal to Mississippi River docks, take farm grains to mills, and deliver food products, aggregates and manufactured goods all over America.


We honor the heritage and tenacity of our workforce. They know that  success depends on their energy and ingenuity ... that their dedication to hard work and American values has helped Randolph County prosper for three centuries. Growing, mining, manufacturing ... whatever your business ... we can help you prosper in Randolph County ... Where Illinois Business Began.