Study grant for Union Pacific intermodal hub

Study grant for Union Pacific intermodal hub

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's office announced Wednesday that the Union Pacific Global III Intermodal Facility would receive a $100,000 planning grant from the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The facility, located in Rochelle, west of Chicago, can handle 25 trains and 3,000 containers daily.

The grant money will fund an economic impact study to examine the hub's full potential, and how it can create more jobs for the region.

The grant comes on the heels of a $1.1 million grant awarded last month to help set up a distribution center for RC2, an importer of toys and collectibles. Wal-Mart Stores and Rayovac have also announced their intentions to build or relocated distribution centers near the Rochelle facility.