Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Motorola Solutions, a leading global provider of innovative mission-critical communications solutions for public safety and commercial customers, announced the company will relocate its global headquarters from Schaumburg, Ill., to Chicago.
The company, which will have over 1,100 employees working in the City of Chicago, will move into 150,000 square feet of space in six floors at 500 W. Monroe St. in the summer of 2016. This move marks a return to Chicago for the company, which was founded in 1928 on Harrison Street.
“With this move, Motorola Solutions not only returns to its Chicago roots, but the company is doubling down on Chicago’s future,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The company will add hundreds of jobs to our city’s growing technology industry and gain the access to talent that they need for the future we are all building here, in Chicago.”
Approximately 800 employees will be located at the new downtown headquarters as well as the company’s customer briefing center. The Chicago office will include a range of positions including the company’s ventures group, the chief technology office, information technology and software engineering. Motorola Solutions also will maintain its current Americas Sales Headquarters at 224 S. Michigan Ave., occupying a 46,000-square-foot space with approximately 300 employees.
“Our company began in this city 87 years ago, and today we’re pleased to announce that our headquarters is coming home,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “This is another transformative step in ensuring a future of continued innovation, and will provide us with greater access to high-tech talent.”
The new Chicago office will provide Motorola Solutions’ Chicago-area employees with new, modern workspaces that spark innovation, collaboration and creativity. It also provides the company with direct access to software talent such as data scientists, user experience designers, interface designers and software developers, that are critical to its future success.
Motorola Solutions will continue to have a significant presence in Schaumburg, with approximately 1,600 employees on its current campus. The company’s manufacturing and delivery operations will move to Elgin, Ill., and it plans to sell the unused real estate on its 277-acre Schaumburg campus for redevelopment.
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