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Kone Centre open for business

Posted: 2012-08-10

After years of planning, enduring a recession and overcoming other challenges, developer Rodney Blackwell decided to stay in the background Thursday at the official opening of his Kone Centre in downtown Moline.

“Originally, I was going to speak,” he said after the ceremony and speeches. “But then I thought it would be more fun to stand back and watch.”

Blackwell said he had more fun listening to others praise the $40 million project.

Kone Centre is the final piece in Moline’s Bass Street Landing development, said Moline Mayor Don Welvaert. The office tower is the new home of Kone Inc., an international company that has been in the Quad-Cities under various names and owners for about 100 years.

“These are such exciting times for Moline, and I am just glad to be a part of it,” Welvaert said.

Janet Mathis, executive director of Renew Moline, which helped see the project come to fruition, said many aspects of the project changed over time. But one of the constants was the commitment of Kone.

“This project is an excellent example of the ebbs and flows of economic development,” she said. more

*Courtesy of the Quad City Business Journal