Miami company buys old Motorola plant in Harvard

A Miami-based company has purchased the shuttered Motorola plant in Harvard, officials said Thursday. Full Story
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reality

Sturgeon Bay, WI

#1 Aug 14, 2008
"OLD" Motorola plant? Built in 1997, it would be one of the newer factories in the USA.
Bret Favre

Algonquin, IL

#2 Aug 14, 2008
A class A building for $12.00 per square foot (assuming an $18 million sales price), with the land being thrown in for free? Quite the bargain.
Mr Ethics

Saint Charles, IL

#3 Aug 14, 2008
New jobs coming to Illinois. Has Blago taken credit for this yet?
Bustoff

Westmont, IL

#4 Aug 14, 2008
Motorola is no longer manufacturing ANYTHING in the USA anymore. All sites have been moved abroad because of skyrocketing costs. Buy American. Go Figure.
gilmore

United States

#5 Aug 14, 2008
Bustoff wrote:
Motorola is no longer manufacturing ANYTHING in the USA anymore. All sites have been moved abroad because of skyrocketing costs. Buy American. Go Figure.
Optima International of Miami imports Ukranian truck tires and wheels and given the amount of floor space in the building its the kind of building a truck tire warehouse needs. Instead of 5,000 employees coming and going Harvard will now have 5,000 trucks coming and going everyday. And, given the state of our ports, these tires are likely to come through Mexico to Harvard via Mexican trucks and Mexican truck drivers. So, Harvard will have Ukranian tires (made with Russian oil) shipped to Mexico on Chinese container ships delivered to Harvard on Mexican owned trucks and drivers and warehoused by Mexican workers. Nothing American here.
typedup

Grayslake, IL

#6 Aug 14, 2008
Man were you guys late on the draw on this story.
Logan Square

Elgin, IL

#7 Aug 14, 2008
gilmore wrote:
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Optima International of Miami imports Ukranian truck tires and wheels and given the amount of floor space in the building its the kind of building a truck tire warehouse needs. Instead of 5,000 employees coming and going Harvard will now have 5,000 trucks coming and going everyday. And, given the state of our ports, these tires are likely to come through Mexico to Harvard via Mexican trucks and Mexican truck drivers. So, Harvard will have Ukranian tires (made with Russian oil) shipped to Mexico on Chinese container ships delivered to Harvard on Mexican owned trucks and drivers and warehoused by Mexican workers. Nothing American here.
Your shrewd business analysis predicts 5000 trucks driven from Mexico to northern Illinois every day, when there's a Union Pacific railroad yard literally within walking distance of the facility.
Ann in Illinois

Rockford, IL

#8 Oct 9, 2008
Hey I worked at the plant in Harvard illinois now that really sucks. I work at chrysler as a temp but Im stuggling to survive thanks a lot Florida
Former Motorolan

Palatine, IL

#9 May 26, 2009
Logan Square wrote:
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Your shrewd business analysis predicts 5000 trucks driven from Mexico to northern Illinois every day, when there's a Union Pacific railroad yard literally within walking distance of the facility.
None of you get it. This building was not built for business purposes. It was built to keep Bob Weisshapel in his job. He bought this location because the old Galvin (founder's of Motorola) farmhouse was located on the grounds.

It's a huge facility. It has a six story office building, plus an enormous 1.5M square foot manufacturing space.

Problem is (check out Mapquest) it's on the other side of town from the RR track, it's 30 miles from the interstate, and there is no airport access. The only access is a two lane country road. It's a manufacturing site, with no one to get to it. That's why no one has put anything - literally, anything - into it. It's been empty because it's just a collar pit.

The city requires three security guards on duty 24x7, that the lights in the parking lot be kept on, and that the building be minimally heated. They are very nervous that, if left unattended, it will be turned into an enormous meth factory.

It is a sad situation. Weisshappel built a great building. But now he's fired, the building is sold, and the entire division is moving to California over the next year.

A sad testament to Bob Weisshappel's ego...
Steve B

Lisle, IL

#10 Oct 19, 2009
Former Motorolan wrote:
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it's 30 miles from the interstate, and there is no airport access. The only access is a two lane country road. It's a manufacturing site, with no one to get to it.
Strategically located in the middle of nowhere, just to honor Paul Galvin. Paul must be rolling in the grave.
Former Motorolan wrote:
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the entire division is moving to California over the next year.
A sad testament to Bob Weisshappel's ego...
California? This dying company is slowly moving to Chindia. Bob Weisshappel-- another MOT manager with lips pressed to keister
Steve

Mokena, IL

#11 Apr 29, 2010
It was a beautiful facility when I worked there in 1997-1998. State of the art. I'm not saying Motorola was a good company to work for, They didn't pay well and would charge thier employees for essentials, like safty glasses. But the facility was really nice.
Steve

Mokena, IL

#12 Apr 29, 2010
..........and whatever happended to it being turned into a water-park?
heya

Rockford, IL

#13 May 27, 2010
I thought it was turned into a water park!! shows how long i have been away!!
Gail Of Harvard

Marengo, IL

#14 Jun 25, 2010
It was supposed to be a Water Park, then they thought of combining all the schools, then a Mall? What is it turning out to be? It's embarrassing for it to just be sitting there.
Hank

United States

#15 Aug 27, 2010
Yeah,I worked for the energy systems group there for 2 years.We moved out of a leased building in Vernon Hills,Il.I thought I would have a job for ever after 5 years of service.Thank god I did not take the 5k they offered to the employees to buy a house out in Harvard.
mike

Chicago, IL

#16 Dec 28, 2010
As much as anything, the Harvard location was probably chosen to be away from the rifraf of the city. (just as Schaumburg was chosen when Motorola moved out of Chicago in the 60's.) As well as the fact that Weisshappel's home in Barrington was equidistant between Libertyville (the other cell phone center) and Harvard, which worked for him, but not for finding the 10,000 workers who would be needed to run the billion dollars of chip placing machines 24/7.
Stephen

Budapest, Hungary

#17 Feb 25, 2011
I thought it would be turned into a huge retirement home for the elderly. Hospital and recreational facilities would have fit well too. The other side could be a water park, and the parking lots could be turned into caw pasture. I worked there end of the nighties and I always thought that Chris is not fit for a CEO of the company. He proved it quite well. I heard him saying with my two ears: "we will not split the company into various industry groups as the market might want". Fella, the market does whatever it wants.
Pat

Gurnee, IL

#18 Jul 31, 2011
When Chris Galvin took over the company nosedived. Was a good company to work for until he ran it into the ground. The common soon to be extinct middle class worker always gets hurt while the Big CEO and presidents keep raking it in.
Dr G

Columbus, OH

#19 Aug 17, 2011
The most degraded company to work for. I know two immediate family friends. They are married couple. During recession 2008 and 2009, the wife gets work related call in the middle of night from the company. Their workloads was quadrupled - no compensations. Motorola Company is the companies that have caused lots of "Good Educated Engineers and Technicians" ruined their professional careers. The company's management follows the employee using their social profiles for Example: If the worker is from India, the management will use Indian employees against to ruin career of the employee who happened to be a black Sheep in the Motorola family" I myself was victimized with this practice for years as far as I remember it may be well around 9 years. Whenever I bump in to any of these employees still I see a Vicious Smiles on their face. Good .......... Very Good, this company is going down in hell. Well done Chris Galvin......... You should not have been in manufacturing business to begin with. You are a loser farmer and you should have stayed as is. AHOLE.
Judy

Genoa City, WI

#20 Jul 23, 2012
I live here in Harvard, Illinois. I've only lived in this town less than a year. The building and property itself is beautiful. I know it has been closed for several years now. After the plant closed, absolutely nothing has ever been in there since. I never saw the building before I moved here. The building looks like a city within it self. It still sets vacant. There are no lights on it anymore, just a chain gate across the entrances

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