By James T. Norman
A manufacturer of electric car charging stations is moving their U.S. headquarters to Libertyville with plans to add up to 120 jobs in the region, the company announced recently.
EVBox selected the village for its U.S. headquarters, which currently is in New York City, after considering 33 locations across the country, including Detroit and Charleston, S.C., said Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler.
The company, which predominantly operates in Europe, is planning to take over the former Motorola site at the Innovation Park campus near Route 45 and Winchester Road and already is building out their production facility, he said.
“When they got to Libertyville and talked to our Economic Development Coordinator Heather Rowe, they decided this was the place they wanted to be,” Weppler said.
EVBox’s headquarters in Libertyville should be up and running by the fall, he said.
In a statement announcing the move, EVBox said the company’s operations will take up approximately 60,000 square feet of the Innovation Park campus and will produce a couple of hundred DC charging units a week.
As part of the relocation to Libertyville, the company is planning to create between 80 to 120 jobs in the region, according to the company’s statement.
“With over 6.5 million new (electric vehicles) expected to be on American roads by 2025, EVBox intends to further strengthen its position as the global (electric vehicle supply equipment) industry leader with this move,” the statement reads.
Founded in 2010, EVBox is based out of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The company has more than 100,000 electric vehicle charging points across 55 countries, according to the statement.
“EVBox is an innovative firm that requires skilled labor, a creative environment and access to a large transportation network,” Weppler said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more happy to welcome EVBox to our community.”
While EVBox is coming into town with plans to add jobs, another company is planning to leave the village.
Brightstar U.S., a company that provides technology distribution needs and services, is planning to close its Libertyville facility, which also is within the village’s Innovation Park, later this year, according to information the company filed with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
The company is planning to lay off 57 employees at the Libertyville location, beginning April 3 and ending by June 1, according to the company’s filing with the state. Representatives of Brightstar U.S. could not be reached for comment.