CHICAGO-The possible headquarters requirement for the postmerger Office Max/Office Depotcompany will likely pit the states of Illinois and Florida againsteach other for the deal.

Naperville, IL-based Office Max appeared before Illinoislawmakers on Tuesday at a state Senate Executive Committee hearingin Springfield. At the session OfficeMax CEO RaviSaligram and state Sen. Tom Cullertonpromoted legislation that would grant the merged companyunspecified tax breaks in exchange for maintaining at least 2,000non-retail jobs in the state and making $150 million in capitalinvestments, according to the Associated Press. The proposed mergerof the two office supply companies was announced in February andstill requires regulatory approvals. The companies expect themerger to be complete by the end of this year.

OfficeMax now has about 2,000 employees between itsheadquarters, a nearby distribution center and a call center inPeru. Office Depot is headquartered in Boca Raton, FL.

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John Jordan

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