In a city of 20,000, 250 new families could make a big difference.

With the pending closure of Kohl's warehouse in Menomonee Falls, Wis., the company has offered 250 of its employees a chance to perform the same job at the Ottawa distribution center, according to the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

"I think obviously it could have a great impact on the community," said Ottawa mayor Bob Eschbach. "A lot of people may be looking to buy homes, which would be great for the housing market."

Eschbach planned to meet with up to 100 of the potential new Ottawa residents on Oct. 24 in Ottawa, at an event coordinated by the Chamber.

"They want to see the town, they want to see the neighborhoods," Eschbach said. "We'll try to put our best foot forward."

According to the Chamber, the Menomonee Falls warehouse will close Friday, Jan. 29, with the 84 stores that warehouse supplies to be reassigned to the Ottawa warehouse.

Earlier this week, Boyd Palmer, executive director of the Chamber, said staff would be sent to Menomonee Falls to promote Ottawa. The Chamber is asking local businesses to supply promotional materials to help in the effort to bring those potential new residents to town. Any business willing to make a donation to those materials, such as brochures, coupons or small promotional items, is asked to bring them to the Chamber office by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.

To contact the Chamber, call (815) 433-0084 or email info@ottawachamberillinois.com.

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