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The Will Group to Open Manufacturing Complex in Chicago, Illinois

03/15/2019
The Will Group will break ground on the company’s new $5.4 million electrical equipment production facility in Chicago, Illinois.

The company, through its subsidiary Lyons View Manufacturing, produces electrical equipment for utilities, municipalities and private clients; It will relocate from two smaller facilities and construct the 60,000 square-foot complex with 32-foot ceilings, six loading docks, office space, parking and landscaping.

The Will Group is purchasing vacant City-owned land at 825 S. Kilpatrick Avenue for the development that is expected to be completed within 18 months of the land sale, city officials said. The new facility is expected to create and retain 48 permanent jobs.

“Chicago believes in its local businesses and this ground breaking represents our commitment to fostering the success of companies like the Will Group while working to revitalize our neighborhoods,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “Neighborhood investments don’t just create jobs; they create stronger communities, and I look forward to seeing what great things are in store for this company and its surrounding residents.”

“I am incredibly grateful for the support of Alderman Michael Scott, Jr. and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, to transform this community with the acquisition of this property. K-Town Business Centre is not just transactional, but also transformative,” The Will Group Chairman, Stephen L. Davis said.

“We are committed to creating jobs in the communities in which we operate. The Will Group thanks its partners like ComEd, Exelon, Ameresco, the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Mayor Emanuel, and Alderman Scott. Without your support, the exponential growth and the transformation of this community could not have been possible,” he added.

“We are no longer the ward of vacant lots and abandoned buildings,” Alderman Scott said. “Working together with the City, our community leaders and strong business partners like The Will Group, we are transforming the west side and bringing more jobs to this community.”

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