Chicago Growing, Second Quarter 2016

Technology company SMS Assist expands to 565 employees and joins the list of companies growing in Chicago

sms assistChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and SMS Assist, an innovative mobile and cloud-based property management company, recently announced that the company has expanded to 565 employees. The increase of 175 employees in the last year more than triples its size since 2012 and represents a 1,000 percent increase since 2010.

“Chicago’s tech scene is booming, and I want to thank SMS Assist for adding jobs and supporting this entrepreneurial community,” Mayor Emanuel said. “Companies like SMS Assist are establishing the next generation of Chicago’s economy – an economy that is thriving due to the city’s central location, access to transportation, and unmatched talent.”

Last month, SMS Assist raised $150 million from Goldman Sachs Investment Partners. SMS Assist joins this quarter’s Chicago Growing list of companies that have relocated to, or expanded in, Chicago:

2020 On Site Chicago Location
Amazon Chicago Location
American Academy of Pediatrics Chicago Location
AMS Mechanical Systems Headquarters
Assurance Agency Headquarters
Batory Foods Chicago Location
Bigstep Headquarters
Blitsy Headquarters
Breather Chicago Location
Camelot Global Headquarters
Chicago Association of Realtors Headquarters
Chiquita Chicago Location
City Colleges of Chicago Chicago Location
Conpac Group Headquarters
Conpac Group Chicago Location
Contract Flooring Headquarters
Devlinks Headquarters
El Cubano Meats Chicago Location
El Cubano Meats Headquarters
EMCO Chemical Distributors Chicago Location
EN Engineering Chicago Location
Gerber Collision & Glass Chicago Location
Glassdoor Chicago Location
Global Granite & Marble Chicago Location
Grant Thornton Headquarters
Hitachi Transport System Chicago Location
Hoopis Financial Group Chicago Location
Horizons Window Fashions Chicago Location
JMG Financial Chicago Location
Keyence Chicago Location
Lakeshore Recycling Systems Chicago Location
Leggett & Platt Chicago Location
Level Office Chicago Location
Lifeway Foods Chicago Location
Litetronics Headquarters
McDonald’s Headquarters
Mediafly Chicago Location
Metropolitan Brewery Headquarters
Mitsubishi Motors Headquarters
MJ Celco Chicago Location
North Shore Depot Chicago Location
Oelheld Chicago Location
Paylocity Headquarters
PDS Transportation Headquarters
Perkins Manufacturing Headquarters
Planet Fitness Chicago Location
Porreca Freight Chicago Location
Power Home Remodeling Group Chicago Location
RF Ideas Headquarters
RJW Transport Chicago Location
Saks Fifth Avenue Chicago Location
SMS Assist Chicago Location
Sterigenics International Chicago Location
Strike Social Headquarters
SWC Technology Partners Chicago Location
TJX Companies Chicago Location
U.S. Cellular Headquarters
University Of Chicago Chicago Location
UPS Chicago Location
Valent Biosciences Headquarters
Viskase Headquarters
Whole Foods Market Chicago Location
Wrigley Company Chicago Location
Zurn Industries 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 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.