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Chinese Firms Locate In Renovated Rockford Location


GNC Inc. and JNC Inc., two Chinese-owned plastics recycling companies, have selected a Rockford location for their operations. Specifically, the firms will occupy 50,000 square feet of a 350,000 square foot building renovated by First Rockford Group.

The two firms will create 30 jobs immediately and add 20 more by 2015. GNC will process the plastic and JNC will purchase the resulting product and ship it to China. JNC is relocating from Chicago. The companies chose the Rockford area because of comparatively low operating costs, the region's excellent labor pool and easy access to Interstates 90 and 39.

Though Rockford had a lot to offer GNC and JNC, some extra help was needed to make sure things came together.

“The Rockford Area Economic Development Council and local International Trade Center always provide us with data which is helpful for any transaction,” said Bharat Puri, First Rockford Group's Director of Finance and Commercial Development.  “Whenever you're dealing with international prospects, you have to establish trust. Carrie Zethmayr, the ITC director, helped us bridge the gap. After she provided the translations in Mandarin, there was a very good trust level between our team and GNC-JNC, so it 'clicked.' Without the RAEDC, either it would have taken a lot longer or it would not have happened,” Puri said.

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