Open, collaborative work spaces, access to O’Hare International Airport, public transportation and Chicago’s diverse talent pool cited as leading factors in the decision
Komatsu America Corp. has announced a plan to move its North American headquarters to Chicago, Illinois.
The heavy equipment manufacturer will complete the relocation from its current base in Rolling Meadows, Illinois in 2020.
The new site, located at Triangle Plaza, 8770 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., will feature a new, open floorplan designed to foster collaboration and cross-functional team communication.
As well, the design will reinforce the company’s focus on cross-discipline collaboration that drives customer-first solutions and services, according to a news release from the company.
Onsite amenities and benefits include covered parking, proximity to two health clubs, a hotel and multiple restaurant options, plus access to major highways, public transportation and O’Hare International Airport.
“There’s something for everyone in this move,” said Rod Schrader, chairman and chief executive officer of Komatsu America Corp. “Current employees will enjoy the building amenities and convenience to major transportation, the new floorplan supports the company’s efforts to breakdown team and workstream silos, and the move helps Komatsu remain competitive and attractive to prospective employees living in the city and studying at nearby universities.”
Komatsu Ltd, parent company of the American counterpart, established a permanent presence in the United States in 1970, with the first headquarters in San Francisco. Since then, Atlanta,, Libertyville, IL, Lincolnshire, IL, Vernon Hills, IL, and for past 11 years, Rolling Meadows, IL, have all served as its United States headquarter cities.
Komatsu America leadership consulted with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other city officials during the early planning stages of the move.
Komatsu Ltd is the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of earth-moving equipment, consisting of construction, mining and compact construction equipment. Komatsu America also serves the forklift and forestry markets.