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ProBuild Plans to Close Yorkville, Westmont Facilities

The building materials manufacturer plans to close a facility next Boombah Inc.'s anticipated new location.

Building materials manufacturer plans to close its Yorkville and Westmont facilities by the end of the year, a move that will cost 96 jobs at the Yorkville facility.

The company stated “industry conditions in some markets continue to be very challenging,” in a letter to suppliers earlier this month, according to ProSales magazine. The move signals the company leaving the Chicago market, according to ProSales.

Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski said ProBuild had been a good employer that also generated about $175,000 in sales tax revenue for the city.

“As disappointed as I am, I’d be even more concerned if they were leaving Yorkville for another community,” Golinski wrote in an e-mail. “But, this was a macro business decision based on a forecast of market conditions in the Chicago area.  They are also closing their Westmont facility.”

Golinski encouraged ProBuild’s customers to use other local suppliers instead.

“At least ProBuild is giving the community and their customers ample notice; unlike the way in both Oswego and Aurora.  Hopefully, ProBuild customers will utilize other local businesses, like and , which would help minimize the impact on the city. "

The local ProBuild facility is adjacent to space on Wheaton Avenue where sports apparel manufacturer Boombah Inc. is planning to relocate. Boombah owner Rick Tollefson plans to move the operations (and 90 employees) from a Morris location to Yorkville. He had originally planned to operate out of one building and rent another to ProBuild, according to a Sept. 2, 2011, memo from Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson to the city’s Economic Development Committee.

Tollefson was seeking an incentive package in which the city would rename Wheaton Avenue to Boombah Boulevard, rebate a portion of the sales tax Boombah generates over 10 years, and consult Boombah officials before using a certain amount of funds from the city’s tax increment financing district, according to Olson’s memo. City officials would retain control of spending TIF funds after that meeting.

That incentive package has not been finalized, Olson said in an e-mail Thursday.

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