Mt. Vernon Register-News

December 19, 2012

Magnum Steel receives progress award

Staff Writer

MT. VERNON — Magum Steel was honored Dec. 12 by the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission for its contributions to the region’s progress and economic growth.

The award was given during the 51st annual dinner held at the Rend Lake Resort and Conference Center in Whittington. Those attending were commission members, local elected officials and state and federal partners of the commission.

Representatives of Magnum Steel were present to accept the award.

“We have been blessed by God with good employees and customers,” said Jim Czerwinski, owner of Magnum Steel.

“Projects such as Magnum Steel don’t just happen,” said Mt. Vernon Mayor Mary Jane Chesley. “People make projects like this happen through careful planning, hard work and teamwork. The construction of their new facility in the Rolland Lewis Industrial Park exhibits the confidence that owner Jim Czerwinski has in the county and our workforce. We are certainly very appreciative for the jobs that will be added to our workforce.”

Magnum Steel Works opened for business in 2005 in a 12,000 square-foot building. Specializing in the repair of coal mining equipment, Magnum Steel has seen rapid growth and expansion since its inception, now employing nearly 50 employees. In 2011, Magnum Steel broke ground on another expansion. With a $13 million investment, Magnum Steel is constructing a 128,000 square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and expects to expand its workforce to 150 full-time employees within the next four years.

“Magnum Steel shows what dedicated entrepreneurs can do with the opportunities currently in Southern Illinois,” said Cary Minnis, executive director of Greater Egypt.

“I am very proud of Jim and Johnny Czerwinski of their accomplishments,” said Jefferson County Board Chairman Robert White. “It is an honor to have a Jefferson County based business to be given this award. Not only do their efforts provide an economic opportunity to the citizens of Jefferson County, but will have a profound impact on the Southern Illinois region. While we honor Magnum Steel with this award, I hope that this will be an encouragement to the many entrepreneurs in Southern Illinois that there are economic development opportunities available. Magnum Steel Works’ recent expansion is a result of many individuals working to ensure that they were able to capture every incentive available to afford their recent expansion, namely the Jefferson County Development Corporation and the City of Mt. Vernon. With all of the economic challenges facing this state, I’m very thankful that we can still work together for these opportunities for the people of Jefferson County and Southern Illinois.”

Designated as an Economic Development District in 1967, Greater Egypt has partnered with the Economic Development Administration for the past 45 years. Since being designated as an EDD, Greater Egypt and EDA have been bringing assistance to local governments in the five county development district which includes the counties of Jefferson, Franklin, Jackson, Perry and Williamson. The partnership has resulted in more than $45 million in EDA funding being invested in the district. Projects funded through EDA have led to the creation and retention of more than 7,000 jobs and more than $350 million in private sector investment.

For more information on the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission, call Minnis at 997-9351 or e-mail him at