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Global Supplier Alicona Relocates US Headquarters to Hamilton Lakes in DuPage County

Austrian-based metrology company chooses Itasca property in DuPage County for U.S. HQ

From left to right: Paul O'Connor, Partner, Hamilton Partners; Stefan Scherer, CEO, Alicona; Helmut Schmidinger, Vice President, Alicona; Ron Lunch, Partner, Hamilton Partners

 

Alicona, the world’s leading global supplier of optical 3D surface measurement solutions, recently moved their US headquarters to Hamilton Lakes in Itasca from Bartlett, Illinois. The relocation of the multi-million-dollar company will further expand the global footprint of DuPage County. Alicona has been hiring and expanding their product line leading up to their HQ move on September 15 and will bring an initial 10-15 jobs to the area.

 

Stefan Scherer, CEO of Alicona, selected the Hamilton Lakes site for its high quality and central location. “Hamilton Lakes, and specifically 150 Pierce, provides Alicona with the best combination of quality, visibility and accessibility as we introduce new products in the North American market,” said Scherer. Alicona is based in Austria, with additional subsidiaries in Germany, France, UK, USA, South Korea and Italy. 

 

Alicona’s new office space at Hamilton Lakes, a Hamilton Partners property, holds approximately 4,000 square feet on the first floor of the Pierce Road building. One of the leading commercial, retail and industrial real estate developers in the Chicagoland area, Hamilton Partners owns 20 properties in DuPage County. The company’s current portfolio includes 53 office, 50 industrial, 10 retail, and 6 residential properties totaling more than 20 million square feet of space in and around the Chicagoland area.

 

Fostering Foreign-Direct Investment (FDI) by opening world markets to DuPage County has become a top interest for leaders of the Choose DuPage Economic Development Alliance over the past few years.  In addition to domestic company growth and expansions in DuPage, working closely with the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Intersect Illinois, DuPage County has also expanded its global footprint with international businesses seeking to relocate or expand operations in the United States. Today, there are roughly 1000 locations of foreign-based firms representing 43 countries are located in DuPage County, providing workforce opportunities throughout the region. 

 

“Foreign-Direct Investment is a powerful engine for economic growth and prosperity creating jobs and spurring innovation,” said John Carpenter, president and CEO of Choose DuPage. “Alicona is a world-class global leader in technology and we are excited to welcome them to DuPage. Our market is robust, and we are proud to continue serving as an economic development model for the Chicagoland region community.”

 

Nearly 75,000 businesses have chosen DuPage County to establish and advance their enterprises. Low taxes and operating costs, strong labor demographics, an educated and skilled workforce, proximity to hotels and dining, as well as shopping, golf and recreational activities are just a few of the benefits DuPage County hopes will attract continued business development for the region. Learn more about Choose DuPage’s efforts to continue furthering economic development issues in the region at www.choosedupage.com.

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Three, maybe five new tenants coming to DuPage Business Center

Article published by Daily Herald, October 3, 2018, view here. 

 

After years of setbacks, the DuPage Business Center in West Chicago is getting several new projects that officials say will bring jobs and economic development to the area.

 

New facilities for Suncast Corp.Greco and Sons Inc. and Norix Group Inc. will be built at the 800-acre campus south of Roosevelt Road. In fact, construction already has started on a 782,000-square-foot building that Batavia-based Suncast will lease from Pritzker Realty Group.

 

During an event on Wednesday, the business park's owner -- the DuPage Airport Authority -- welcomed the three companies while announcing two other pending projects. All five would amount to more than $24 million in purchased land and encompass roughly 170 acres.

 

"This means construction of more than 1 million square feet of new buildings, hundreds of jobs located here in DuPage County, construction jobs, and positive economic impact," said Stephen Davis, chairman of the DuPage Airport Authority Board.

 

Revenue stemming from the deals will be allocated toward FAA-mandated upgrades at the airport.

 

Meanwhile, estimates show the Suncast and Norix projects will jointly provide nearly 400 permanent and more than 600 construction jobs, generating a combined $94 million in economic impact. Employment estimates from Greco are still under evaluation, officials said.

 

Suncast, which manufactures custom wood structures and resin products, is planning to replace a warehouse in Montgomery with the future warehouse, distribution and showroom facility in West Chicago.

 

Sean Maher, managing director at Pritzker Realty Group, said the 40-acre site was chosen in part because of its proximity to Batavia. It's also not too far from expressways.

 

"It's a good location," said Maher, adding that the DuPage Business Center is one of the few sites left in the county with sizable pieces of buildable land.

 

Norix Group, which makes commercial furniture, decided to stay in West Chicago and build a new 200,000- square-foot global headquarters in the business park. 

 

Construction is expected to start next year.

 

"This is a great area for us," said Shane Edwards, vice president of operations at Norix. "This is exactly where we want to be. So we decided to build."

 

Meanwhile, Greco and Sons, an Italian foods distribution company based in Bartlett, has signed a $6.2 million agreement to build a new food processing and warehouse center on 46 acres.

 

Originally dubbed the DuPage National Technology Park, the site was envisioned for high-tech businesses. State officials had so much faith in the project that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity awarded a $34 million grant for roads, utilities and landscaping.

 

But the site struggled for years to find tenants. Officials say that changed when the airport formed a partnership with West Chicago and NAI Hiffman, the commercial real estate firm marketing the business center.

 

Working with other taxing districts in West Chicago, a "strong package" was offered to attract developers and companies to the site, according to Mayor Ruben Pineda.

 

"The package, which includes many tax incentives, made perfect economic sense in the long run due to the enhanced revenue streams that will be realized for our community," Pineda said.

 

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said he's "delighted" by the progress that's been made at the business park.

 

"I've always viewed this 800-acre campus as a real opportunity," Cronin said. "We have no doubt that this is a gem of a piece of property. With the airport nearby, I am very bullish on the future of this area."

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