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Sun Basket shines in Valmeyer bluffs

By on May 16, 2018 at 2:54 pm

Pictured, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (center) gets ready to cut the ribbon Thursday at Rock City with Sun Basket executives as representatives of the village of Valmeyer, other public officials, and Sun Basket employees look on. (Sean McGowan photo)

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s message reverberated through the underground Rock City development in Valmeyer during Thursday’s grand opening of one of the largest employers in Monroe County.

“You guys are what the American economy is all about,” he relayed to the 380 full-time employees of Sun Basket, the newest company to move into Rock City. “Hard work, innovation, creativity, technology and delivering value for customers.”

Sun Basket, a national meal kit delivery service, has been in Admiral Parkway’s large cave business development on a trial basis since last March. The company celebrated its grand opening Thursday with a tour of the inside of the facility and a ribbon-cutting.

During the tour, Rauner shadowed Sun Basket CEO and co-founder Adam Zbar and COO Don Barnett.

The tour covered much of Sun Basket’s 110,000-square-foot facility, including a food preparation area, employee cafeteria, office space and storage area. Rauner was also introduced to Sun Basket executive chef and co-founder Justine Kelley…>>>

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Sean McGowan

Sean is a die-hard Cubs fan, despite the relentless peer pressure coming from the rest of the Republic-Times staff. He and his wife, Jacqui, have been married for two years. Originally from the west suburbs of Chicago, Sean and his wife moved down to Normal to attend Illinois State University and stayed central Illinois residents for the past four years.