SKF Group breaks ground on Warrenville Rd. tech center

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Construction has started on Gothenburg, Sweden-based SFK Groups new research and development building project on a 13.25-acre site north of Warrenville Rd. in Naperville and unincorporated DuPage County.

The firm will build the 130,000 sq. ft. tech center for $30 million, part of a network of facilities in New York, Michigan, Sweden, Netherlands, China and India. The firm deals with mechatronics with specialization in bearings, seals, spindles and  lubrication systems.

“The U.S. is an important source and market for innovation in sustainable design and advanced engineering, both in business and in university research,” said Tom Johnstone, SKF president and CEO, reports Napervillesun.suntimes.com. “This center will give both our original equipment and aftermarket customer better access to all SKF can offer, as it will include an SKF Solution Factory as well.”

The building be designed to achieve LEED Gold sustainability standards.

The firm will hire 80 engineers and will invest at least $18.6 million for the next 10 years in the R&D facility. SFK has requested about $2.2 million of state incentive package over next 10 years.

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