Salesforce plans tower and 1,000 more jobs
The Chicagoland area will be home to more than 1,000 new custom relationship management positions over the next five years after global leader Salesforce recently announced plans to build on its Tower Chicago headquarters.
According to a company press release, workers are formally expected to be able to call the new facility home by 2023, with planned additions including a top “Obama Floor” and an open hospitality area that will be available to local nonprofits for off-hours and weekend events free of charge.
The facility is slated to be located on the land formerly known as Wolf Point South, which sits along the Chicago River. The property is one of six Tower investments the company is planning for such major markets as New York, San Francisco and London.
"We are thrilled to keep growing and investing in Chicago, and proud to share this announcement of Salesforce Tower Chicago,” Elizabeth Pinkham, Salesforce's executive vice president of real estate, said in a press release. "We are deeply committed to the communities where we live and work, and we show that through employee volunteerism, investment in education and workforce development, and opening our doors to nonprofits here in Chicago."
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel saluted the move while pointing out the technology sector remains one of the city’s fastest growing industries.
"The City is home to one of the largest tech talent pools in the United States, and we are thrilled that Salesforce has made the commitment to further that growth,” he said. “As a strong civic minded business, I look forward to partnering with Salesforce in our joint effort to build on Chicago's reputation as a premier global city for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship."
Over the last decade, Salesforce has consistently been tabbed one of Fortune's Best Places to Work, and it ranked #1 on the Chicago Tribune's Top Workplaces list for 2018.
The company, founded in 1999, boasts more than 1,400 employees in Chicago and has at least 150,000 customers worldwide.