Business & Industry

Located 45 miles west of Springfield the capital of Illinois, Beardstown is located at the junction of U.S. Highway 67 and Illinois Routes 100 and 125 on the east bank of the Illinois River. If you are considering starting a new business or expanding your current business, take a look at Beardstown and all our area has to offer!

The City of Beardstown has established a revolving loan fund to help you get started, a building renovation program to help you improve your property, and is continually undertaking projects designed to enhance the business environment, such as the nearly $1,000,000 dollar Downtown Revitalization Project.  For details about TIF and DRP programs, please call or email the Chamber.

Illinois River

Beardstown has many advantages as a site for industry.  There is virtually an unlimited supply of water, frontage on the Illinois River waterway, mainline service by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, highways in all directions and a high level bridge that crosses the river.   In addition, its’ approximately 6,000 citizens have the mid-western hard work ethic your looking for.

Economic Development

Beardstown wants your business!  And to prove it, we’ve established several ways to make it easy for you to consider Beardstown.  Due to the foresight of our past city leaders, a large portion of our commercial district is located in a Tax Incremental Financing District (TIF).  TIF is a locally controlled economic development tool used to assist with both private and public redevelopment projects.

Cargill Beardstown

Beardstown is the home of many industries including Cargill,
the largest pork processing plant in the state.

Greater Beardstown Airport

Greater Beardstown Airport is located within 3 miles of the city, and is currently undergoing a runway expansion to accommodate corporate aircraft.  A commercial airport is located 45 miles east of Beardstown in Springfield.

Evergreen Industrial Park

Recently developed as a home for new and existing industry, this 100 acre site offers unlimited potential for business of all sizes.  Served by surfaced heavy weight roads and all utilities and located within an enterprise zone, you’re sure to find just the spot you’re looking for to call home for your business.  For details on this upscale site, please call or email the Chamber.