Lafarge North America moving headquarters from Virginia to Illinois
- April 19, 2012
Building-materials company Lafarge North America is moving its headquarters from Virginia to Chicago.
The new location near O’Hare International Airport is a central location for the company’s U.S. footprint, said John Stull, CEO for Lafarge North America’s U.S. Cement and Aggregate & Concrete operations, during an announcement in Illinois. About 80 percent of the company’s business is done in the Midwest, Stull said during an annoucement in Illinois.
As a result of the move, the company will spend $10 million on the new headquarters that is expected to open this fall. It will create more than 90 new jobs in Chicago over the next two years. Employees in the new office will come from Lafarge locations across the country. An exact figure on how many jobs would move from Virginia was not available but the company will continue to operate in Northern Virginia and its other locations, said Joelle Lipski-Rockwood, communications director for Lafarge.
Lafarge North America is a manufacturer of cement and producer of aggregates such as crushed stone, sand and gravel. It employs about 5,000 people in North America in 41 states. Already, the company has 300 employees in Illinois. The company is the North American headquarters for Paris-based Lafarge. Its North American headquarters has been in Reston since 1987.