Mayor Richard M. Daley today welcomed Nordex, USA, to Chicago, as the German manufacturer of wind turbines opened its new North American Headquarters at 300 S. Wacker Dr.
"On behalf of all Chicagoans I want to say how pleased we are that Nordex has selected Chicago," Daley said in a news conference at the company offices."
"Nordex is one of the world's leading manufacturers of wind turbines with operations in 18 countries. In just a few months time, the company brought on 30 key staff here in Chicago and expects to employ about 100 people in total here within the next three years," he said.
Daley said Chicago's ability to provide companies with a strong and vibrant talent pool, a central location with easy access to the world and an outstanding quality of life has helped the city succeed in gaining business investment and expansion, despite the difficult economic times.
In 2008 major national and international companies chose Chicago for their corporate headquarters, including MillerCoors, Veolia Environment – which is the world's largest environmental services company -- and Aviva, the world's 5th largest insurance company.
The Mayor said he was especially pleased that one of the reasons Nordex became interested in Chicago was because of the environmental leadership example the City has set.
"Early in my administration, I made a commitment to enhance our environment and make Chicago the most environmentally friendly city in the nation. We have been committed to investing in green businesses and industries because these jobs represent the future," Daley said.
"And that, in turn, promotes economic development throughout our city and improves the quality of life for all our residents," he said.
He thanked Ralf Sigrist, Nordex President and Chief Executive Officer for the company's decision to locate in Chicago. "Centering our business in Chicago bring us closer to our customers and suppliers and put us in the heart of the wind industry," said Sigrist. “It will also support our strategy of generating 20% of global revenues here, while helping the US to achieve its ambitious renewable energy goals and to build a vibrant domestic industry."
"When a company such as Nordex makes a commitment like this one, it sends a strong message to the business community that our leaders work together and that Chicago can meet the needs of any company in the world – from the largest to the smallest,” Daley said.