John Boos & Co., maker of Boos Blocks cutting boards and butcher blocks, will open a $16 million manufacturing facility in Effingham, Ill, the company announced.
The grand opening of the facility will see former Boos employees join the company’s current 240 staff members and local dignitaries to help produce the company’s 13 millionth butcher block.
The new 116,000 square foot wood plant will produce a variety of Boos Block cutting boards as well as commercial and industrial countertops. The new wood plant is located in a 27-acre Effingham campus that includes the John Boos stainless steel facility as well as the corporate headquarters.
Effingham has been home to the Boos brand since its founding, and company president, Joe Emmerich, said it was central to the company’s decision to remain in the location.
“Effingham area craftsmen and women have been dedicated to refining the art of making Boos boards since 1887. We are committed to making our products right here, where we were founded,” he said.
According to Jeff Bloemker, Effingham mayor, “the impact John Boos has had on the Effingham area economy is immeasurable. As Effingham’s most time-honored industry, the company has created numerous jobs and contributed countless dollars to the livelihood of the area. We congratulate John Boos on completing this great new complex, and we wish them success in the years to come.”
The construction of the new wood plant was financed by Midland States Bank Corp.