CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Paul Faraci announced that three businesses in the 52nd Senate District have been awarded grants through the Made in Illinois Grant Program.

“Our part of the state has so much potential and it’s good to see our small businesses get recognized for the important role they play in our economy,” said Faraci (D-Champaign). “We have to invest in our local manufacturing businesses because we have seen what happens to our supply chains when we’re too reliant on overseas products.”

The program, which provides up to $50,000 in matching grant funding, is dedicated to fostering innovation and strategic advancements within the Illinois manufacturing sector. Forty recipients across the state were awarded a combined total of $1.7 million.

Clifford-Jacobs Forging Company in Champaign received $33,510, Double S Liquid Feed Services in Danville received $35,565 and Wagner Machine Company in Champaign received $47,420 in funds.

“I think the state made the right decision with the Made in Illinois Grant Program,” said Faraci. “This is a great way to empower these small businesses to drive economic growth in our area.”

In addition to the grant opportunity, the Made in Illinois Grant Program also offers manufacturers the chance to access resources and expertise focused on productivity, cost-effective innovation, quality improvement, workforce support, market leadership, flexibility and resilience.

To learn more about the Made in Illinois Grant Program, visit the IMEC website.