MillerCoors chooses Chicago headquarters

MillerCoors chooses Chicago headquarters

MillerCoors chooses Chicago headquarters

MillerCoors LLC, a joint venture of two beer companies, said Wednesday it signed a 15-year lease for its new headquarters in Chicago.

The company will occupy 130,000 square feet at 250 S. Wacker. It said it will move up to 400 employees into the top half of the 16-story building by next June.

MillerCoors said it will continue main brewing operations for the Miller and Coors brands in Milwaukee and Golden, Col., respectively. But it picked Chicago as a neutral site for senior executives and those in marketing, finance and other corporate functions.

The 250 S. Wacker building is steps from Union Station, where company executives are just an Amtrak ride from Milwaukee. Many of the workers will be transferred from Milwaukee or Golden.

MillerCoors said it hired Chicago architectural firm VOA Associates Inc. to design its new space. “The offices will showcase our brands and create a work environment that inspires our employees’ passion for beer,” said Chief Executive Officer Leo Kiely.

Gov. Blagojevich pledged $18.5 million in state incentives for the corporate move when MillerCoors said last July that it planned a base in Chicago.

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