The opening of a pharmaceutical company’s North American headquarters in Illinois showcases the tight bond the state has with Japan. At least that’s Gov. Pat Quinn’s take on the opening of Astellas’ headquarters in Glenview. Two years ago Quinn helped break ground on the 446,000-square foot campus. The Japan-based company took advantage of a $4 million state tax credit that will help expand its workforce from 1,000 to 1,150.
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“Illinois is the No. 1 state in the Midwest at attracting foreign direct investment,” Quinn said. “This is so important that companies in other countries find our state because of the well-skilled and well-educated workforce that we have, come here and invest here and create jobs here.” Quinn says there’s more to come. “It’s important that we bind together, work together, Illinois and Japan. Japanese investment in our state is by far No. 1 in the Midwest,” Quinn said. “We have companies not only like [pharmaceutical companies] Takeda and Astellas …but we also have Nippon-Sharyo coming next month. They make rail cars – manufacturing - and they’ll be in Rochelle, Illinois.” The 450,000-square foot facility in Rochelle should be open before the end of summer.