Huntley, Illinois, will soon be home to Weber-Stephen Products LLC's new global distribution center. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced in July the grill maker broke ground on the site.
The new 750,000-square-foot facility will consolidate distribution operations from Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and Nevada into one location, according to the governor's statement. The new building will also allow Weber-Stephen to convert current warehouse space in Huntley to manufacturing space.
"The first Weber kettle grill was manufactured in Illinois more than 60 years ago," said Tom Koos, CEO of Weber-Stephen. "With the continued growth of the Weber brand, we are proud to expand our footprint right here in Illinois, allowing us to more efficiently serve our customers around the world."
The company will retain the 479 employees currently working in Huntley, transfer approximately 50 jobs to the new facility and hire 120 new employees.
The company received a financial incentives package worth approximately $4.2 million over the next 10 years through the Economic Development for a Growing Economy program, including a $60,000 investment for job training, according to the statement. To receive the incentives, Weber-Stephen must invest $26.6 million into the new building within the next 10 years, as well as hit job creation and retention goals.
Another factor in the company's decision to consolidate distribution operations in Illinois instead of Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania or Nevada was the states development of the full-access interchange at Interstate 90 and Illinois Route 47. Illinois has invested $59 million into the interchange, which the village of Huntley estimates will create 12,000 new jobs in the area by 2030, the governor's statement said.
Businesses in Illinois with open positions should work with Chicago recruiters to connect with the most qualified and skilled workers.