A company that makes replacement parts for Whirlpool, General Electric and other major appliance brands is consolidating operations into one warehousing and production facility to be built in Carol Stream.
CEO Badal Wadia said CoreCentric Solutions Inc. expects to hire 50 employees as part of the move to reach a workforce of 300.
"We do a lot of training for our employees," Wadia said Thursday. "Essentially we take what I would consider a low-skill force and train them and make them skilled for the activity that we do."
CoreCentric will move out of three facilities in Hanover Park, in Glendale Heights and on Center Avenue in Carol Stream. The company is expected to move into the new, 350,000-square-foot building on North Avenue just east of Gary Avenue in mid-2016, said Donna Barbic, vice president of sales.
Founded in 1995, the company makes replacement parts for appliances (electronic controls, for one) and offers repairs, among other services. Merging into one location will help create efficiencies and save on operating costs, said Barbic, who pointed to different shipping methods used at the three current sites.
"It's just going to enable us to better serve our customers under one roof," she said.
Developer DCT Industrial has purchased the 19.5-acre lot and also owns the Center Avenue property, said Don Bastian, the village's community development director.
To make way for the one-story building, two existing ones are being demolished. Both were left vacant when Invensys Controls closed shop there in the spring, Bastian said.
Carol Stream's plan commission this week approved the architectural and landscaping designs. Plans call for setting aside 270,338 square feet for warehousing, 44,380 for production and the rest for offices. Evergreen trees will help screen 35 truck docks on the building's east side.
The developer also has applied for a building permit, Bastian said.
Wadia said the company considered other locations, but Carol Stream -- with roughly 20 million square feet of industrial space -- was the right fit and will give its employees a desirable commute.
"To find something within the community in this size was very favorable to us," he said.