United Steel Deck Joist Manufacturing and Distribution Facility

When a major steel deck and joist manufacturer wanted to become more competitive in the upper Midwest region, it called on Austin Consulting and The Austin Company to help find a location and build a new manufacturing plant and office building. Austin first performed a site location study focused primarily in areas in Indiana and Illinois to identify the best area based on annual cost and non-cost factors. Important location considerations included quality industrial sites at a reasonable cost, labor availability and a quality local technical school for training needs, an area with a positive history regarding labor relations, a good sources for all utilities especially electric power, and incentive programs including worker training and grants to assist in site development. Upon selection of a final site in Peru, Illinois, Austin also completed design, engineering, and construction services for the new facility.

Major Location Factors

  • Central location to serve Midwest clients
  • Rail-served sites in an industrial environment
  • Close proximity to area highway network
  • Reliable and redundant electric power capabilities
  • A workforce with a manufacturing background and a strong work ethic
  • A supportive pro-business community and region

Austin Services Provided

  • Community and Property Screening
  • Detailed Community and Greenfield Site Analysis
  • Due Diligence
  • Design, Engineering and Construction


Project Investment: $18 Million
Labor Requirements30-50 Employees
Site Size: 29 acres
Building Size: 125,000 SF


Original Search Area: Midwest US
Final Location: Peru, Illinois