New factory coming to old rubber plant site in Rock Island


Rock Island could be home to a new manufacturing facility at the site of the old Norcross Rubber Plant on the city’s west side.

The owner would be eligible for significant tax breaks if a new factory is built on the 11-acre site.

A year from now, we could see the beginnings of a new factory in Rock Island – bringing life back to this west side neighborhood.

The Norcross Rubber Plant closed in 2011  when it was bought by a lawyer from Kentucky.

Richard Getty tells Local 4 News, he plans to build a 70-75,000 square foot metal manufacturing facility.

He represents several European companies that’d be candidates for this site.

Getty says, he’s done everything he’s been asked to do by the city – including paying thousands of dollars in back taxes.

Mayor Mike Thoms tells Local 4 News, if this new factory gets built, it’d be a good opportunity for Rock Island.

“We can increase our property tax base, and of course add more jobs. Hopefully people live in Rock Island, but if nothing else they live in the Quad Cities. Any new job in the Quad Cities is very helpful. It helps the economy, and positive news brings in more positive things happening.”

Demolition on the remaining tower should be complete in a month. After that, Getty will be up here to talk financing.

He’s eligible for significant tax breaks if he builds a factory – and putting money into an area with a high poverty rate. 

The site in an Enterprise Zone, TIF Zone, and Opportunity Zone.

As of yet, no formal plans have been submitted to the city of Rock Island.

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