Mayor Rahm Emanuel has vowed to bring more corporate headquarters to Chicago and he continues to make good on his promise. Thursday he announced that Medix Staffing Solutions Inc. would be relocating its headquarters from Lombard to Chicago, bringing 150 new jobs to downtown Chicago.
The company will relocate to 222 S. Riverside Plaza, which borders the Chicago River and houses companies such as Fifth Third Bank Chicago and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Even better news for Chicago taxpayers, the city offered no financial incentives to lure Medix, a city spokeswoman said.
Founded in 2001, Medix has 14 offices located across the country and is one of the nation’s fastest growing temporary staffing firms. Medix places people in jobs in the healthcare, scientific and information technology fields.
“It was obvious for me that Medix needed to be in Chicago. I’m proud to say we’re going to keep our headquarters here in Chicago,” said Andrew Limouris, CEO of Medix.
Limouris noted the company will hit $100 million in revenue by the end of the year.
Medix is the 28th corporate relocation that Emanuel has engineered in his first term. Others include GE Transportation Worldwide, which relocated from Erie, Pa., and Motorola Mobility, which was located in Libertyville and relocated to the Merchandise Mart.
According to Emanuel, Chicago was No.1 among cities in corporate relocations in America last year.
“This is not a city that’s running away from its challenges denying that they are there. We’re willing to take on the tough things because it gives the companies and the employees and the families the confidence that the city is going to shape its future, rather than have the future shape it,” Emanuel said.
Emanuel is facing re-election in February running against two opponents who have vastly underfunded campaigns: Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd). Emanuel said he plans to continue his focus on increasing jobs throughout the city and making it a hub for innovation.
With the renovations and upgrades to the city’s transportation network and cultural amenities, Emanuel predicted Chicago will continue to be a top choice for companies to grow and expand their businesses.
Both he and Governor-elect Bruce Rauner have pledged to personally bring more companies and jobs to Chicago.