Chicago Growing, Fourth Quarter 2016

Global firm exp to move headquarters to Chicago, adding 150 jobs

Global engineering and architecture design consulting firm exp announced this month that it will move its operational headquarters from Toronto to Chicago. With the anticipation of significant growth, the firm is planning a complete renovation of its offices at 205 North Michigan Avenue, making room for an additional 150 employees that the firm plans to fill with local talent.

“With this move, exp is making a vote of confidence in Chicago’s future while gaining access to the city’s talent and transportation networks – the key ingredients for future growth,” Mayor Emanuel said. “I look forward to continuing to partner with exp as they build a brighter future right here in the city of Chicago.”

“We believe that Chicago, the heart of the Midwest, is the perfect location for our operational headquarters,” said exp Chief Operations Officer Mark Dvorak. “There is a reason why other great firms such as Boeing and ADM have moved their operational headquarters to Chicago. The strong talent pool that exists here will undoubtedly help our firm continue to grow and achieve success. In addition, having O’Hare International Airport located at our operational hub allows for easy access to the more than 100 offices we currently have throughout North America.”

The diverse company – which provides building/infrastructure engineering, planning and design capabilities, program and project management, and environmental and sustainability services to clients on a global scale – currently boasts 3,000 employees across 110 offices in North America and abroad, with more than 230 employees in Chicago alone. 

Similar to exp,  more than 90 companies expanded or relocated in Chicago in the fourth quarter of 2016, illustrated in this issue of Chicago Growing:

1871 Dairy Headquarters
3M Chicago Location
Aaron Equipment Chicago Location
Amazon Chicago Location
Amazon Chicago Location
Amazon Chicago Location
Amcor Chicago Location
American Egg Board Headquarters
Anixter International Chicago Location
Antunes Headquarters
Athenex Specialty Products Headquarters
Atturo Tire Headquarters
Basco Industrial Packaging and Equipment Chicago Location
Bathing Brands Headquarters
Blue 1647 Headquarters
Captive Resources Headquarters
Caraustar Chicago Location
Chervon Chicago Location
Chipman Architecture Headquarters
Colbert Packaging Chicago Location
Cole Pallet Chicago Location
Colony Hardware Chicago Location
Columbus Vegetable Oils Chicago Location
Compass Automation Headquarters
Consolidated Distribution Chicago Location
Corptax Headquarters
CSM Fastener Products Chicago Location
Cushman & Wakefield Headquarters
Danco Converting Headquarters
Darwill Chicago Location
DFS, Inc. Chicago Location
Digital Realty Chicago Location
DSC Logistics Chicago Location
Elgin Beverage Chicago Location
Ferguson Enterprises Chicago Location
Flocon Chicago Location
FMI Headquarters
General Electric (GE) Chicago Location
General Mills Chicago Location
George Fischer Chicago Location
Georgia Nut Company Chicago Location
Gorilla Paper Headquarters
Heritage Travelware Chicago Location
HH Gregg Chicago Location
Home City Ice Company Chicago Location
Impact Plastics Headquarters
International Interior Design Headquarters
Kinter Chicago Location
Korpack Headquarters
LaGrou Distribution Chicago Location
Lauterbach & Amen Headquarters
LeSaint Logistics Chicago Location
Level Office Chicago Location
Mars, Inc. Headquarters
Morningstar Headquarters
Nutrivo Chicago Location
OCC (Options Clearing Corp) Headquarters
Ocean Blue Water Products Chicago Location
Oldcastle Chicago Location
OSM Worldwide Chicago Location
Payline Headquarters
Pomp’s Tire Service Chicago Location
Power Stop Chicago Location
PowerReviews Headquarters
R.S. Express Chicago Location
Redfin Corp. Chicago Location
Remodel Direct Headquarters
Sage Products Headquarters
SG360 Chicago Location
Shire Chicago Location
Sinophene Headquarters
Sleep on Latex Chicago Location
Sodick Headquarters
Solotech Chicago Location
Sub-Zero Chicago Location
Summit Industries Chicago Location
Suncast Corporation Chicago Location
Tamraz Parts Discount Chicago Location
TBC Corporation Chicago Location
Tigerflex Headquarters
TmaxSoft Headquarters
Traffic Control & Protection, Inc. Chicago Location
Uline Chicago Location
Valley View Industries Chicago Location
Vonco Products Headquarters
Vpet USA Chicago Location
Vyaire Medical Headquarters
Welch Packaging Headquarters
Wesco Distribution Chicago Location
William Blair & Company Headquarters
World Food Processing Chicago Location
Yahee Technologies Corp. Chicago Location
Zuercher & Co. Chicago Location

Refers to data (where disclosed) for new and expanding companies with a physical address in the 14-county Chicago region that meet Site Selection Magazine Conway Project Database criteria, and/or is a headquarters facility, and/or was assisted by World Business Chicago (WBC). WBC captures project information from media outlets, press releases, company websites, subscription services and WBC internal reporting; the quality of each record depends on the availability of data and resources to input and confirm information. Data is finalized in the first quarter of the following year to allow for the time lag in project reporting; year-to-date numbers are subject to revision.