The global headquarters of Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI) is shifting to Chicago from Schaumburg. The latter was the place for the company's sprawling campus for 50 years and set standard for similar companies located in the suburbs. The communications equipment manufacturer for first responders and government will transfer 800 jobs to its new location within the summer of 2016. Motorola will be housed in 500 W. Monroe Street, Chicago. The new office will be spread over 150,000 square feet.
It is not a complete transition, however, as many employees will continue to work in Schaumburg. The profile of employees who will continue to work there includes hardware and software engineers. The remaining 1,600 personnel will work in two buildings, the two story IT building and the twelve story corporate tower. The entire Motorola campus, measuring about 277 acres will then be made available for redevelopment. According to Tama McWhinney, the company spokesperson, it is the plan for the company to lease these two buildings from new owners.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago said that Motorola is not only coming back to its Chicago foundation, it is also showing confidence in the future of the city. The mayor said that the company will add a large number of jobs to the growing technology industry of the metropolis. Rahm opined that Motorola can now tap the talent it needs to cope with the future.
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Motorola's customer briefing unit is set to be located at its Chicago headquarters, as per a company announcement. The list of jobs available at its Chicago office may include productive employment in software engineering, information technology and chief technology office. Many personnel will also be recruited in the company's ventures group. Other than its new headquarters, Motorola will continue to occupy its present Americas Sales Headquarters located at 224 S. Michigan Avenue. This office is spread over 46,000 square foot and caters to about 300 employees.
Mayor Al Larson of Schaumburg has accepted the Motorola decision, saying that if people come, they leave as well. He said that the company's presence has made a number of permanent benefits which will not be erased. The mayor said that even as Schaumburg loses its sheen of hosting the Motorola headquarters, the company's exit opens a number of other doors as well. It gives the city the opportunity to redevelop a large piece of prime real estate encompassing 200 acres.