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Jan 04

Chamber Board Member Clayco's Move to Chicago Expected to Create 300 Jobs

Clayco Chairman and CEO Bob Clark and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Clayco, Inc., a St. Louis-based engineering and design firm and Board member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, is moving its national headquarters to downtown Chicago. The firm is expected to add 300 jobs in Chicago over the next two years.

The new headquarters will be located in the Jewelers Building at 35 E. Wacker, where the number of employees is expected to double by 2015.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Clayco Chairman and CEO Bob Clark made the official announcement in a joint statement.

From Crain’s Chicago Business:


Chicago “is a better place to recruit,” Mr. Clark said in an interview. The firm at times has had to work to find talented young college graduates, but “the response to Chicago is just tremendous.”

Having O'Hare International Airport is an equal draw for a company whose work in industrial, institutional and other structures can involve traveling overseas, he added.

“Clayco is exactly the sort of company we are looking to attract,” said Mr. Emanuel in a statement. “I am committed to bringing new and technologically advanced businesses.”

Clark also said in a press release that “Chicago is simply the best location for the company given our growing national and international design and engineering business.”

One of the key components of Mayor Emanuel’s economic growth plan is attracting company headquarters to Chicago. Last month, he announced that Capital One will be moving to downtown Chicago, bringing 350 jobs in the process.

Click here to read the full Crain’s Chicago Business article.

Click here to read a St. Louis Business Journal article.

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