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ORLAND PARK, IL-Cable maker Andrew Corp. is selling its 104-acre corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility at 10500 W. 153rd St. for $28.5 million to Kimball Hill Homes and has signed a 45,000-sf lease at Westbrook Corporate Center. While the company’s corporate headquarters will be in Equity Office Properties Trust’s 1.1-million-sf property in west suburban Westchester, Andrew Corp. is deciding among three southwest suburban sites for a new 550,000-sf manufacturing facility.

A factor in the decisions is an $8.3-million incentive package from the state, which will provide tax credits and training funds to the company over the next 10 years in exchange for keeping 150 headquarters jobs and 800 manufacturing jobs in Illinois. The company has been in the area for 68 years, originally operating in a bungalow on Chicago’s South Side.

“The dramatic growth of the residential and retail areas around us has created a unique development opportunity within Orland Park and thus a high level of interest in our property,” explains president and chief executive officer Ralph Faison. “The value of this property enables us to fund the move to a new company headquarters and world-class manufacturing facility.”

Kimball Hill Homes chairman and chief executive officer David Hill says his company is planning a mixed-use development with condominiums, townhouses and retail space. Kimball Hill Homes will close on its purchase in two phases–the land south of 153rd Street next year and property north of 153rd Street in early 2007.

Andrew Corp. plans to move its corporate headquarters to 22nd Street and Wolf Road next year, while the manufacturing facility’s opening is scheduled for 2007. Andrew Corp. is in negotiations with owners of three sites, all within 10 miles of its current Orland Park location, for the manufacturing plant. A decision is expected in two months, according to the company.

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