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Motorola Solutions gears up to move some staff to Chicago

Motorola Solutions will move some staff members out of its Schaumburg headquarters to downtown Chicago beginning in January.

Motorola Solutions will move some staff members out of its Schaumburg headquarters to downtown Chicago beginning in January.


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Motorola Solutions is gearing up to move a portion of its staff to its new downtown Chicago office starting in late January, but insists that Schaumburg will remain its headquarters.

The leadership of Motorola Solutions' North American sales unit will be among the first to move into the Chicago office. That means about 50 of those workers will start moving from Schaumburg in the next month, said spokesman Nick Sweers.

"Schaumburg will remain our headquarters and that will not change," said Sweers. "And (CEO) Greg (Brown) will maintain his office in Schaumburg."

The company, which makes equipment and network solutions for government and emergency workers, has about 21,000 employees worldwide, including about 4,400 in Illinois, "with nearly all in Schaumburg," the company said Wednesday.

Motorola Solutions announced a deal with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in mid-2011 that it would add about 400 workers to its operations in Chicago, without taking an incentive package to do it. That process will start in January and continue through late 2013.

The jobs intended for Chicago include customer service, sales support, system integration and others. The Chicago staff will continue to include a mix of new hires and transfers from other locations, the company said.

The decision to add workers reflects Motorola Solutions' long-standing commitment to the Chicago area and its desire to support future growth in its business, Brown said last year.

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