ROCHELLE — In the mid 1940s business man LaVerne Schultz created a grass runway near his factory on Highway 251 south first known as Shultz Field. In 1963, Schultz donated 27-acres of land to the City of Rochelle in this same location and construction began on a 2,100 foot hard surface runway. In 1988 the runway was lengthened and widened to the current 4,226 feet by 75 feet.
Over the last five years, the City of Rochelle has worked closely with the Illinois Division of Aeronautics, the Federal Aviation Administration, local land owners and city officials to purchase land necessary to extend the runway to 5,001 feet by 75 feet. This additional length will allow current industries based in Rochelle to utilize the Rochelle Municipal Airport instead of neighboring airports. The additional runway length will also act as a catalyst for more economic growth in the region.
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