Fast-Rite International, Inc., a supplier of fasteners, stampings, fittings and assemblies, and inventory management programs to manufacturers all over the USA and Mexico, has announced they have acquired the building currently occupied by Maredy Candy in the Wolf Business Park at 1791 Samuel Andrews Drive in Greenville, IL.

The modern 30,000 square foot facility, expandable to 120,000 sq. foot, will be used to serve Fast-Rite’s customers in Central / Southern Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and to serve future growth in these areas.  Headquartered in Glendale Heights, IL, Fast-Rite also has operations near El Centro, CA. Another new facility is planned for the Laredo, TX area in 2014.

“Fast-Rite is a great fit for the Wolf Business Park and is an example of leveraging solid relationships in the commercial brokerage industry to land a project in Greenville,” said Greenville Economic Development Coordinator Scott Lurkins.  “I heard about this project, made one trip to visit them in Chicago, and it took off from there.”

According to Lurkins, he worked closely with the buyer’s broker agent to make the case for the Greenville location. “Compared to other projects, this one came together fairly quickly”, he added. Maredy Distribution has operated out of the Wolf Park facility for several years prior to this transaction. Lurkins commented the facility provides Fast-Rite with access to major downstate accounts. Lurkins said, “This project was all about working with the company to map their supply chain and prove that Greenville aligned with their business model and will provide long term value."

The Wolf Park location was chosen for its ideal transportation with access to multiple class 1 railroads and immediate interstate access, said George Woods, President of Fast-Rite International, Inc.  “Just as important, we found that Greenville is an ideal family–friendly environment for our employees who will run the facility”, said Woods, “And that’s important to us, we’re a family-oriented company. Greenville’s cost of living is reasonable but the quality of life is high. We expect our people to be very happy there."

Fast-Rite will primarily rely on area residents for staffing this distribution facility. Visit the Fast-Rite web site at www.fast-rite.com for job postings. Recruiting will begin locally starting this month, and the facility will be open and ready for business in late February.



The National Weather Service says temperatures will be on the rise this weekend with rain expected today. Sunday appears to be the best day of the weekend with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the middle to upper 50s!

Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service


"Our porch in Sorento."

Photo courtesy of Wilma Coats



The Greenville Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Thursday for the new Apex Network Physical Therapy facility at Greenville Regional Hospital.

Photo courtesy of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce



In their meeting this week the Bond County Board revisited the topic of making the County Supervisor of Assessments an elected position, rather than one that’s appointed by the county board.  The board briefly discussed this last month, noting there had been several unsuccessful petitions circulated previously, seeking to make the post an elected office. 

The board missed the deadline to place the issue on the March 18th primary ballot, so if they choose to make the move, they’ll have to put it on the November general election ballot.  At that point, if the public votes to make the position an elected office, it will have to be placed on the next primary election ballot, which will be in 2016.  A final candidate would then be elected in November 2016.

County Board Member Wes Pourchot said many county residents wanted to see the change made.  Frank Lucco said he’d rather it be an appointed office, but agreed with Pourchot that many county residents do want the change. 

During discussion the board said if they took action on the matter well before the November election, those interested in running for the position would have time to receive the necessary education and take the required tests to get qualified to potentially hold the office.

Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer pointed out that the board had listed consideration of making the Supervisor of Assessments an elected position on the primary, not the general, election on their meeting agenda and they’d need to wait to take action on the matter until a future meeting.



The National Vice Commander of the American Legion and other Legion officials will visit the Keyesport American Legion today at noon as part of a membership caravan.  The Vice Commander is expected to be onsite today for an hour or two.  Anyone is welcome to stop and visit.



The Greenville Chamber of Commerce has three new officers and two new board members for 2014.  At its January meeting, the Chamber elected John Kennedy, president; Michael Ritter, vice president; Janice Romack, secretary; and Robert Ellsworth, treasurer.  Kennedy, general manager of WGEL Radio, had previously served as secretary.  Ritter is the Vice President of Enrollment for Greenville College and Romack is CPA and Partner at West and Company, LLC.  Ellsworth, who is returning for another term as treasurer, is Managing Broker and owner of Wall Real Estate and with his wife Vicki owns Huddle House restaurant.  The officers will serve for one year.

The board also welcomed two new members to three-year terms.  They are Brian Nall, CEO of Greenville Regional Hospital, and Michael Diaz, a local attorney.  They replace John Donnell and Karen Smith who did not run for re-election.  Returning Chamber board members are James Cross, Jerri Davenport, Alan Gaffner, Karen Kessinger, Pat Kious, Steve Morgan, Troy Oldham, Doug Stroud, and Dave Willey.

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce board of directors meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:30 a.m. at the Corner Café.  All Chamber members are welcome to attend.


Thomas H. Stewart

Thomas H. Stewart, age 62, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, January 8 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  A memorial service will be Monday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Friends may call Monday from 6:30 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

He was born February 08, 1951, in Bloomington, IL, the son of Thomas E. and Norma Eileen (nee Walker) Stewart.

Thomas was born in Bloomington, IL and lived in Hayworth until moving to Highland in 1954. He was a 1969 graduate of Highland High School and was active in Community Theater in IL and MO including Clinton County Show Case. He enjoyed visiting Flea Markets and Interior Decorating. He had worked at St. John Mercy Hospital for 7 years, St. Mary's Hospital 8 years, St. Joseph Hospital in Highland 3 years, and Edwardsville High School, retiring in 2009. His family had attended First Congregational Church in Highland. He loved his grandchildren very much.

Survivors include :
Son - Kevin T. (Heather) Stewart, Alhambra, IL
Life Partner - Henry L. "Hank" Crider, Saint Louis, MO
Grandchild - Katelyn R. Stewart, Alhambra, IL
Grandchild - Gavin T. Stewart, Alhambra, IL
Former Wife - Mary B. Mollett married 8/19/76 - divorced 1984, Greenville, IL
Sister - Linda M. (Victor"Vic") Kahn, Granite City, IL
Nieces - Three .
Great Nephews and Nieces - Five .
Great Great Nieces & Nephews - Three .
Life Partner's Daughter - Nicole D. (Partner Eddie Castanda) Crider, Indianapolis, IN
Life Partner's Daughter - Renae E. (Mark) Willis, Indianapolis, IN
Life Partner's Grandchild - Seven with an Eighth anticipated 2/1/2014

He was preceded in death by
Father - Thomas E. Stewart died 10/21//1995
Mother - Norma E. Stewart nee Walker died 5/26/2012


Join Ryan Mifflin this Sunday for WGEL's Public Affairs Program. Ryan's guest is Joyce Fickri, with the St. Louis Dairy Council. Joyce and Ryan will talk about the common New Year's resolution of living a healthier lifestyle. Joyce will share some easy ways to incorporate exercise and nutritional eating into your daily routine. That's Public Affairs this Sunday, immediately following the Bond County Area News at noon on WGEL.

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