Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Michael Scott today joined The Will Group’s President Josh Davis to celebrate the company’s continued growth in Chicago. The African-American and family owned electrical product and service provider plans to build a $5.5 million production facility in West Garfield Park through relocation assistance provided by the City of Chicago.
“Chicago believes in its local businesses and this deal represents our commitment to fostering the success of company’s like the Will Group while working to revitalization our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Neighborhood investments don’t just create jobs; they create stronger communities, and I look forward to seeing what great things are in store for this company and its surrounding residents.”
The Will Group, which manufactures electrical equipment for utility companies, municipalities and private clients, will construct the 40,000-square-foot complex at 825 S. Kilpatrick Ave. in the Roosevelt-Cicero Industrial Corridor.
The 30-year-old company, which operates several separate and distinct entities, plans to manufacture smart LED light fixtures, solar panels, capacitor banks, reclosers, and other electrical products in the new building, which will employ 34 people with plans to grow to add 14 new hires. “By consolidating our production resources, this project will be key to The Will Group’s continued success and expansion beyond the traditional boundaries of the lighting business,” said Davis. Vacant for approximately 15 years and valued at $440,000, the 3.3-acre development site is owned by the City of Chicago. Sale terms will be presented to City Council later this year.