New Manufacturer Moves to Normal, Adding 40-55 Jobs

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 American Precision Assemblers (APA) has purchased the facility at 1 Paper Chase St., Normal. Image credit: Normal Township.

American Precision Assemblers (APA) has purchased the facility at 1 Paper Chase St., Normal. Image credit: Normal Township.

A new manufacturer is preparing to start operations after purchasing a facility in northeast Normal.

American Precision Assemblers (APA) is the third manufacturer to locate in McLean County in the last two years, following Rivian Automotive and Brandt Industries. APA began renting the facility at 1 Paper Chase St. in Normal on Tuesday; the sale is scheduled to close June 1. The property was valued at $308,323 in 2017, according to the Normal Township website.

APA plans to hire between 40 and 55 employees at its Normal location throughout 2018, including both assembly and support and office positions.

The move shows the county’s workforce, location and community are “very attractive” to outside businesses, Interim BNEDC CEO Mike O’Grady said in a statement Thursday.

APA would seem to agree: “Our model is to be near our customer base, and we were really attracted to the labor force, the location, and the desired capacity in Bloomington-Normal,” said Dave Scheck, head of business development for APA.

The manufacturer supplies wire harnesses and cable and mechanical assemblies for use in healthcare, aircraft, automotive, military defense and other industries. APA maintains a plant in Hampshire, Illinois, in addition to facilities in Duluth, Minnesota and Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico).

Scheck said the Normal facility will primarily serve as an equipment supplier for Precision Planting in Tremont, Illinois.

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