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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.

. 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."

How do you think this will affect the area? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Korrina Grom July 27, 2012 at 02:16 PM
A man on Libertyville Patch's Facebook page says: "Sad day for Libertyville." What are your thoughts?
Bonnie Quirke July 27, 2012 at 02:22 PM
My thought is how much of a tax base is Libertyville losing? How will this affect those entities who depend on tax revenue?
daisy cant6 July 29, 2012 at 08:58 PM
It' s good thing for chicago.

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