Rauner cut ribbon at Sun Basket expansion

TOURED FACILITY–Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner attended a ribbon cutting and a tour of the Sun Basket distribution center expansion at Rock City in Valmeyer. Rauner, at left, is pictured while on tour of the facility. Photo courtesy of The Republic-Times.

Together with Sun Basket leadership, local officials, and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Gov. Bruce Rauner on May 10 cut the ribbon on an expansion of the southern Illinois Sun Basket distribution center, located in the massive underground cave known as Rock City.

Sun Basket is a meal-kit service featuring organic produce and clean ingredients with dietitian-approved recipes delivered to customers’ doors.

Sun Basket’s expansion in Illinois is stimulating regional and statewide economic growth,” Rauner said. “This is a great example of a quality company investing in the natural assets, talented workforce, and geographic advantage that Illinois provides. Their expansion will enable the company to deliver more healthy, quality meals across the country, and it will pay off in new jobs for the people of Illinois.”

Currently, the Sun Basket facility employs nearly 400 employees, 90 percent of which are from Illinois. The company’s expansion will increase investment in the region by adding more than 100 new jobs. Sun Basket’s distribution network allows meal kit delivery to 98 percent of the continental U.S.

For more on the Sun Basket expansion, please see this week’s print edition.