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January 25, 2022 | Bill Esler

Chicago Heights, IL—Morgan Li, a custom fabricator of fixtures, furniture, and graphics for retail and hospitality brands, purchased a 230,000-sq.-ft.facility in Chicago Heights, IL.

“As companies continue to face the burden of long, complex supply lines, we’re proud to open another centrally-located facility to better serve our clients,” says Jonathan Rosenband, president of Morgan Li. “Through strategic investments in facilities like this, Morgan Li can remain a leader in providing custom fixtures and furniture to customers both large and small.”

Sited on a 13-acre parcel which is included in the deal, increasing portions of the property were used by Morgan Li for several years. The company completed the purchase of the space in late 2021, nearly doubling its total square footage under ownership and providing space for expansion and investment. Morgan Li’s U.S.production space now totals 600,000 sq. ft. The company says it has 3.2 million additional square feet of global manufacturing capabilities to combine wood, metal and graphics.

“We’re ecstatic to announce the opening of our third Chicago Heights, IL production facility,” says Andy Rosenband, CEO of Morgan Li. “Since my grandfather founded Par Steel Products just down the street from this facility in 1943, we’ve been a part of the Chicago Heights community and remain committed to growing the local economy.”

The new facility sits a quarter mile from Morgan Li’s headquarters; provides easy access to the company’s central manufacturing hub, Lincoln Highway facility, and major interstates; adds 10 loading docks (expanding to 13 in summer 2022); and will house a state-of-the-art paint line currently being installed and scheduled to be operational by the second quarter of 2022.

With the purchase of this facility Morgan Li expects to add 25-30 jobs in the near term, with plans to add 40 jobs by the end of the year.

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