CHICAGO, Ill. — Milwaukee Tool announced the opening of a new facility in Chicago. Located in the heart of the Windy City, the location will serve as an engineering design and innovation space to accommodate the company’s continued investments into new technology.
Over the last decade, the company has experienced growth globally and currently employs more than 10,000 people in the United States. Chicago’s ecosystem of technical talent is one of many reasons Milwaukee chose to expand to the city. The company continues to actively invest in emerging technologies around motors, power electronics, lithium-ion batteries, wireless connectivity and IoT, embedded systems, and artificial intelligence.
Milwaukee Tool is a global company with manufacturing, distribution, and operations presences across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The company has designed, engineered, and manufactured products in the United States for nearly 100 years.
“We’re proud to be part of the fast-growing tech scene in Chicago,” said Steve Richman, group president of Milwaukee Tool. “Our people are our most valued asset and together, we’ve built a culture that’s unparalleled in the industry. As we push the limits of new technology to deliver the best solutions for our users, we look forward to continuing to recruit, attract, and retain the very best people.”
Milwaukee invested more than $14 million to renovate 70,000-square-feet of space within the historic old post office in Chicago. Approximately 10,000 square feet is dedicated to lab space for design and development of critical new technologies. This space will be home to multiple disciplines within their engineering team, including: embedded systems; firmware; power electronics; systems and mechanical engineers; PCB designers; and project leaders.
This location will also act as an extension of the company’s global headquarters in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
In the last year, Milwaukee has invested $216 million in domestic expansion projects, including Chicago. Their other domestic presences include several cities in Mississippi and Wisconsin, as well as Cookeville, Tennessee and Greenwood, Indiana.