The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

June 1, 2011

New jobs come to city

Manufacturer to produce feed for pigs

DANVILLE — A Danville native is returning with a new business and several new jobs for local residents.

Harry Rothenberger, CEO of HRW Inc. of Paris, plans to locate a portion of his manufacturing company at 1805 E. Voorhees St. Modification work began at the site last month and production is expected to begin in July.

The latest addition to Danville’s manufacturing lineup was announced Wednesday morning by Vermilion Advantage president and CEO Vicki Haugen.

The location of a new manufacturer in the city was first confirmed in late May.

At this point, work is under way to set up production and laboratory equipment in a 10,000-square foot facility that HRW will lease.

Rothenberger, a graduate of Danville High School, has a 28-year history working in the animal feed industry. Once production begins, his business will create a high-quality milk replacement, called Cheese Meal, that is used in feed for baby pigs.

The new HRW facility will start up with one production line and is expected to produce as much as 20 million pounds of Cheese Meal in the first year. The second-year goal is 36 million pounds with the plant designed to produce up to 40 million pounds per year.

“I was born in Danville, grew up and attended school in Danville, graduated from Danville High School and left in 1986 when I was transferred to Champaign by the company for whom I was working,” Rothenberger said in a press release issued Wednesday by Vermilion Advantage. “I have many fond memories of Danville, and even though I left, I have always carried those memories with me, always referring to Danville as my ‘home town.’ … I retired in 2005 with no plans of returning to the business world. Then I was approached by former customers who were not able to get the quality product they needed. They asked what it would take to get me to return to production of the animal feed ingredient.

“With the support and assistance of my wife and children, I agreed to their requests. I immediately thought of Danville because of the agriculture industry here, the support available from Vermilion Advantage and the Danville CDBG funding, and the opportunity to ‘give back’ to the city and community where I have my roots. …”

The plant — a $1.3 million investment for HRW Inc. — will employ as many as 25 workers in the first year. Each shift added is expected to increase employment by 15.

Haugen indicated the project is being funded through First Midwest Bank and the Small Business Administration. City of Danville funding in the amount of $175,000 also is being used to assist with the initial purchase of product inventory.

Applications for first shift work including supervisor, lab technician and production workers are now being accepted at and at the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 407 N. Franklin St.

Beginning Monday, applications may also be picked up at the plant from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Text Only
Local News
  • Fun Fair on Friday

    July 24, 2014

  • Talent show entries due

    July 24, 2014

  • Library sells books

    July 24, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    July 24, 2014

  • DHA celebrates 75 years; contract under review DANVILLE — As the Danville Housing Authority celebrates 75 years this year, it’s also undergoing some transition with new board members.July 20 marked 75 years for the housing authority. DHA officials are talking about having a recognition event.The

    July 24, 2014

  • U.S. pushes for truce as battle rages GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed more than 680 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.But ne

    July 24, 2014

  • Jet victims' bodies arrive EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Two planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 landed Wednesday in the southern city of Eindhoven, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two fighter jets in Ukraine’s restive east as fight

    July 24, 2014

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls:Tuesday, 9:23-9:33 p.m. — A medical call in the 200 block of Grace Street.Tuesday, 10:41-10:50 p.m. — A medical call in the 600 block of Pixley Street.Wednesday, 12:30-12:45 a.m. — A medical call in the 3

    July 24, 2014

  • Malachi Hatcher.jpg Murder charges coming soon DANVILLE — A man arrested on shooting charges at the end of June now will face murder charges stemming from the incident.Seventeen-year-old Malachi D. Hatcher was arrested on June 24 on a warrant charging him in connection with the June shooting of t

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jobs board sees numerous openings DANVILLE — Vermilion Advantage President and CEO Vicki Haugen can’t remember a time when the local job openings board had so many open positions.It reached 68 job opening postings, some representing multiple job opportunities totaling more than the 6

    July 24, 2014

Spring 2014 Photos

Buy these photos and more via Smugmug

AP Video
Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 U.N. School in Gaza Hit by Israeli Strike Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Officials Warn of Avoidable Death in Hot Cars Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record
NDN Video
Bill Murray Continues To Be Just Bill Murray By Eating Some Free Bill Murray Ice Cream Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl
Must Read