Motorola Mobility Moving to Chicago in 2013
The company's headquarters will move from Libertyville to the Merchandise Mart.
Motorola Mobility announced July 26 that it will relocate its Libertyville headquarters to the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago in summer 2013.
“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,” Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola Mobility, said in a press release on the company's website. “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.”
Motorola Mobility will occupy nearly 600,000 square feet on the top four floors and rooftop of the Merchandise Mart.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 3,000 workers will relocate to the Merchandise Mart, including most of the senior executives.
Motorola split into two separate companies — Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions — in January 2011. At a press conference in Libertyville in May 2011, Motorola Mobility's former CEO pledged to keep the headquarters in Libertyville.
"We've built our history together," said CEO Sanjay Jha. "We have a world-class, high-tech workforce here. The headquarters has always been here."
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