DES PLAINES, IL-Commercial and industrial real estate service provider Arthur J. Rogers & Co. was recently selected to represent the real estate community at a luncheon honoring the Shoupu Sun vice governor of the Shandong Provincial Government the People’s Republic of China. Held at the Downtown Hyatt Regency, the meeting was organized to provide a forum for the exchange of business ideas and opportunities.

“China and the United States are two of the world’s strongest and most significant industrial producers, and many organizations are developing joint venture relationships between the two nations to increase productivity and maximize efficiencies,” says William Schmitz, president of Arthur J. Rogers & Co.

“Chicago, being one of the largest industrial markets in the nation, has a real potential to generate a wealth of opportunities by researching and developing industrial partnerships with China,” Schmitz continues. “We are in the technological age now and Chicago is in the position to be a true player in the international industrial market.”

As the only real estate firm attending the conference, the company prepared an overview of the Illinois industrial real estate market, segmented into six economic markets. The presentation highlighted the features and functions of each market as to their distinct corporate character and industrial base.

“The Chicago market alone has more than one billion sf of industrial real estate, so presenting this information in a concise and easily understood manner was a challenge, but one we feel will have a lasting impression,” says vice president Jane Robins, who delivered the presentation.

Felyce Lewis, senior vice president says the Shandong Province has already established relationships with many companies in the United States and is looking for additional cooperative partnerships. “The presentation was a great success, due to our contacts made with the Shandong Government and participating company executives in various business sectors,” Lewis says.

The event was organized by the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer, Illinois Strategic Investors, LLC, and KKJ Holdings, LLC. John Deere and Caterpillar Inc. were the sponsors of the event.

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