Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that Motorola Solutions will be adding 400 jobs to Chicago by the end of 2012, the latest in a series of announcements about corporations making large employment commitments to Chicago.
“I promised that I would work tirelessly to create a business climate that makes Chicago the most economically competitive city in the nation,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I commend Motorola Solutions for expanding its investment here and for bringing these high-quality jobs to the people of Chicago.”
Motorola Solutions has a strong presence in the Chicago area with about 5,000 people at its headquarters campus in nearby Schaumburg, Ill. The 400 new jobs will be located in the city of Chicago, and will support customer-facing operations including services (global product and business operations), sales support (global sales and field operations) and system integration (global product and business operations).
"The Chicago area has been our home for more than 80 years and we are pleased to announce that we will bring more jobs to this great city,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “We believe this area is a world-class location known for its close partnerships with the business community.”
This is the third major job announcement Mayor Emanuel has made since he took office in mid-May, in which a total of 2,700 new jobs have been announced for Chicago. GE Capital announced it was adding 1,000 jobs to its Chicago contingent, doubling its staff in Chicago. Last Friday, United Airlines announced it was bringing 1,300 positions to Chicago from around its global operation.
The growth in workforce is part of an ambitious and comprehensive plan instituted by Mayor Emanuel in his first 30 days in office, aimed at improving the quality of life in Chicago. Emanuel has announced improvements to schools, increased police presence, and alternative transportation opportunities like bike lanes, all designed to make Chicago a business-friendly city with an attractive workforce.
Some of Motorola Solutions positions will be relocations, and some of them will be new hires. They will be filled by the end of 2012.