South Chicago flexes its employment muscles with new plant
Chicago's South Side will gain 286 jobs and approximately $30 million in its economy when a new Flex-N-Gate manufacturing facility sets up shop in January 2018, according to a recent press release from Gov. Bruce Rauner's office.
“Flex-N-Gate is one of our state’s premier manufacturers, and we are excited about their expansion in the Land of Lincoln,” Rauner said. “This plant represents what is possible for every community in every part of our state. Despite the current climate, we've had some success in growing manufacturing jobs in Illinois in places like Rockford, Bloomington and downstate. But we can and must do better.”
Flex-N-Gate is an Illinois-based automotive equipment supplier. The company’s new facility will supply parts to the nearby Ford Chicago Assembly Plant and increase the number of jobs created by Flex-N-Gate in Chicago to 1,000.
“The U.S. automotive industry is strong, and that’s also true here today in my beloved state of Illinois and in the great City of Chicago,” Flex-N-Gate CEO Shad Khan said. “We fully anticipate that our future operation here will be a difference-maker for Flex-N-Gate, Ford Motor Company, the automotive industry and workers here in the Chicago area. None of it would be possible, however, without our shared vision and efficient collaboration with industry and public officials. Today’s announcement is proof that when everyone determines to work together, we can create great things and excellent jobs.”