Leading Global Technology Provider SKF Group Has Selected Naperville for its New Research and Development Facility Location

International Employer to Help Create Jobs and  Economic Growth in Naperville

The City of Naperville is proud to announce that Swedish-based industrial manufacturer SKF Group has selected Naperville as the location for its new North American research and development facility. This facility is expected to create 40 full-time jobs within the next two years and an additional 40 within four years. SKF Group chose a Naperville-based site over several locations around the U.S. “I could not be happier at SKF Group’s decision to become a part of the Naperville community,” Mayor A. George Pradel said. “Our community is an attractive option to employers, be them local, national or international, because of the quality of this City and what we can offer to businesses and their employees. SKF is bringing more employment to the area, which is wonderful. Naperville’s reputation is second to none, and SKF’s decision to move here showcases what this community can do for businesses.” The new 130,000-square-foot facility will be built at 1203 Warrenville Road. Chosen for its proximity to Interstate 88’s business corridor, the business will house engineers, scientists and administrative staff. According to Gov. Pat Quinn’s office, SKF chose Naperville to access Illinois’ highly educated workforce, proximity to local world class research universities, dedication to entrepreneurship and competitive cost structure. “The tech corridor along I-88 has long been a driving force in getting new companies to come to Illinois, and Naperville in particular,” Christine Jeffries, President and CEO of the Naperville Development Partnership, said. “We welcome SKF to Naperville and look forward to the economic benefits it brings not only to this city, but to the region.” SKF received a state incentive package worth $2.2 million over 10 years in addition to a $20,000 grant for job training. Under the state’s Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) program, companies must meet agreed-upon targets for job creation or retention and capital investment to receive credit against state income tax liability. SKF’s agreement calls for the company to invest at least $18.6 million in the Naperville location over the next decade. SKF has said its Naperville facility might eventually house 200 employees. The Naperville City Council will discuss annexation and rezoning approvals surrounding the 1203 Warrenville Road location at its Tuesday, August 19 meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center. For more information on the City of Naperville, visit www.naperville.il.us. Sign up to receive the latest news on the City of Naperville’s projects and initiatives via email at www.naperville.il.us/enews.aspx. To sign up for the City’s new notification system Naper Notify and receive important emergency and community information via a phone call, text message, email or smartphone app, visit www.napernotify.com.

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About Naperville Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several city boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned living history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.