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Manufacturing Is Alive and Well in Chicagoland

October 30, 2018 / John Salustri

A college-educated workforce, a world-class airport and 12-hour driving access to virtually everywhere in the contiguous 48 states. Those features of the Chicago metro industrial market are simply part of the geography that, despite ups and downs of the commercial real estate market, keep companies coming to the area.
So says, Jeff Janda, SIOR, founding principal of Lee & Associates of Illinois, whose shop recently added two more names to the roster of area industrial tenants. Well, maybe one and a half. Bystronic, a Swiss-based manufacturer of high-end laser cutters, was already reaping the benefits of the local industrial climate but tripled down, relocating from a 50,000-square-foot showroom/production facility to what it calls its “Experience Center,” a 162,874-square-foot headquarters in Hoffman Estates.