Motorola Mobility, Alongside Mayor Emanuel, Announces Global Headquarters Move to Downtown Chicago
Company Signs Lease in the Historic Merchandise Mart; Will Arrive in 2013
July 26, 2012
CHICAGO, Ill. – July 26, 2012 – Motorola Mobility was joined by Mayor Rahm Emanuel today as it announced that it will relocate its Libertyville, IL headquarters to downtown Chicago’s Merchandise Mart in summer 2013. Motorola Mobility will become the landmark building’s largest tenant and will occupy nearly 600,000 square feet on the top four floors and the rooftop.
“Today marks a homecoming for a company that was founded in Chicago over 80 years ago and continues to innovate to this day,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Motorola Mobility joins a growing group of industry-leading companies that see Chicago as a global leader of talent development and business growth, and the company will bring jobs and economic opportunity to our city.”
“Illinois is Motorola Mobility’s home, and we’re thrilled to bring our employees to downtown Chicago and infuse our company with the vibrant energy of the city,” said Dennis Woodside, CEO, Motorola Mobility. “We’re 84 years young, and what better place to continue our commitment to the state, honor our heritage, recruit top talent and usher in a new era of wireless innovation than in the historic Merchandise Mart.”
With its unmistakable presence on the banks of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, the Merchandise Mart is interwoven into the fabric of Chicago’s history as a leading innovator in culture, art, business, fashion and media. The Merchandise Mart is the world’s largest commercial building, wholesale design center and one of Chicago’s premier international business locations.
Attracting corporate headquarters to Chicago is a central focus of the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, produced by World Business Chicago earlier this year. This is the seventh headquarters relocation to Chicago announced during the Mayor’s tenure.
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