What is going on at the old Motorola building at 17th and Locust?

A look at the old Motorola building at 17th and Locust on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 18, 2020 12:01 am

What is going on at the old Motorola building at 17th and Locust? They removed all the bushes. Now I see all kinds of trucks there. New business going in? Tearing down?

A building permit with the city of Quincy shows that the former Motorola plant at 17th and Locust is having space renovated along with the addition of a few offices.

The property is being leased by Challenge Unlimited of Alton.

Founded in 1959, the nonprofit Challenge Unlimited's mission is to provide individuals opportunities to live, work and participate in their communities. Employees help people with disabilities identify interests and abilities, map out a career path, create resumes, practice interview skills, secure employment, obtain worksite accommodations and provide support once hired.

In 2017, Challenge Unlimited starting offering services in Hannibal, Mo., and told The Herald-Whig at the time that it wished to expand its service to Quincy.

Motorola opened the facility at 17th and Locust before it consolidated operations at 30th and Locust in 1956.

Graphic Packaging operated a facility in the building until May 1, 2014. At the time, the Quincy facility had 19 employees.

I found a "Keck Bros Dairy Quincy, Illinois" 1 pint bottle. Where was the Keck Bros Dairy located in Quincy? What year did it start operations, and how long were they in business?

The Keck Bros. dairy was at 718 State.

A Feb. 2, 1966, article in The Herald-Whig reported that Willer Dairy on East Broadway bought the dairy.

Otto Keck opened a dairy in 1898 at 720 State and moved into a new building at 718 State in 1904.

"Otto Keck, John Keck and Mrs. Otto Keck formed Keck Bros. dairy and when John Keck died in 1935 his widow, Laura Keck, and Mrs. Bernadine Keck, Otto's widow, continued the business," the article read.

After 1949, the business was operated by Edward and Otto H. Keck, until Otto retired in 1951 and Edward's death in 1955. It was continued by Raymond and Lester Keck until 1951.

Prairie Farms Dairy bought the assets of Willer Dairy in 1973.

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