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$10 million expansion project set

SOUTH BELOIT — PBC Linear is planning to construct a 66,000-square-foot building near its existing facility along Rockton Road at Interstate 39/90.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday at the PBC Linear site at 6402 E. Rockton Road for the $10 million project. The company is located in the northeast quadrant of the Rockton Road junction with the interstate.

PBC Linear, a Pacific Bearing company, started in 1983 as Pacific Bearing Company. The linear motion manufacturer specializes in providing its customers with everything from out-of-the-box components, to mechanical sub-assemblies, and even complete linear systems.

The company site was annexed by South Beloit several years ago when South Beloit offered sewer service to the facility on Rockton Road.

Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney thanked the company for its long-term investment in the Stateline Area.

“If we’re going to be where we want to be in the future, we need to retain talented folks,” Haney said. “To do that we need our employers in a position to be growing and attracting this talent back to our community.”

Company executives said they were taking advantage of the tax incentives passed in Congress last year, and investing $10 million over the next two years in building and equipment “to ensure that PBC Linear will be a staple in the greater Rockford community,” according to a statement by the Schroeder family.

South Beloit Mayor Ted Rehl said the expansion is good for the company and good for the city.

“I think it’s an extraordinary addition to the city and it continues to add to the credibility of the city,” Rehl said.

He noted with recent expansions of businesses in South Beloit, such as TreeHouse Foods, Axium and Altra, this latest expansion shows the city is a good place for business.

“Businesses are finding that South Beloit is an attractive option to call home,” Rehl said.

New space will be divided between an optimized manufacturing floor, supporting offices, a mezzanine and a cafeteria. The investment effort does not accommodate for any new staff and focuses strictly on capital improvements.

New construction is expected at $6.25 million and is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year, according to a news release by the Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC).

Investments in machines and other equipment over the next two years will represent $3.75 million, according to RAEDC.