Andrew Corporation has reached agreement to sell its Orland Park
property and will relocate its global corporate headquarters and
manufacturing operations to separate suburban Chicago locations that
will provide improved operational effectiveness and state-of-the-art
In separate transactions, Andrew has:
-- Signed a contract to sell its 104-acre property at 10500 W. 153rd
Street in Orland Park to developer Kimball Hill Homes for $28.5 million.
The sale, contingent on completion of due diligence and other factors,
is expected to close in two phases over the next 18 months.
-- Leased 45,000 square feet in the Westbrook Corporate Center, 22nd
Street and Wolf Road, Westchester, for its new global corporate
headquarters. The move will involve approximately 150 employees and be
completed by early 2006.
-- Agreed to a competitive State of Illinois incentive package that
includes tax credits and training funds, with total potential value of
up to $8.3 million over 10 years, in return for choosing Illinois
locations and meeting certain employment level commitments.
In addition, Andrew is finalizing negotiations for 50 acres of property
in the southwest suburbs on which it will lease a newly-constructed
building of approximately 550,000 square feet for its cable products
manufacturing operations and certain staff functions. The company is
deciding between three sites within 10 miles of its current Orland Park
location and, depending on local tax issues, expects to choose a site
within the next two months. The building will house approximately 800
employees, with relocation expected in 2007.
"Andrew will continue calling the Chicago area its home and build upon
the tradition we've established during the past 68 years in the
Chicagoland area," said Ralph Faison, president and chief executive
officer, Andrew Corporation. "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.
The value of this property enables us to fund the move to a new company
headquarters and world-class manufacturing facility."
Andrew expects to record a one-time gain, before costs and relocation
expenses, of more than $20 million from the sale of its Orland Park
property. Approximately 50 percent of the expected gain will be recorded
at the time of the first real estate closing for the land south of 153rd
Street, expected in mid-2006, and the remainder at the close for the
property north of 153rd Street, expected by early 2007. Costs and
relocation expenses are expected to range from $10 million to $12
million and will be incurred over the 18 month period.
"Andrew Corporation is another Illinois company that has achieved great
success in the global marketplace," said Illinois Gov. Rod R.
Blagojevich. "Backing innovative, talented companies like these with the
right combination of resources and hands-on support is the key to
ensuring that Illinois remains a world-class place to do business. When
we invest in companies that invest in Illinois, we fuel their growth and
competitiveness and create more good jobs for working families across
Kimball Hill Homes, one of America's largest independent,
privately-owned homebuilders, is headquartered in suburban Chicago.
"This property offers Kimball Hill Homes a great opportunity to utilize
its experience and expertise both in traditional homebuilding and in
developing an appealing, mixed-use community providing condominiums,
town homes, and retail," said David Hill, chairman and chief executive
officer, Kimball Hill Homes.
Andrew Corporation was founded in 1937 by Victor J. (Doc) Andrew in a
bungalow on Chicago's South Side. In 1947, Andrew acquired 430 acres in
Orland Park for future development and opened its first manufacturing
building of 15,000 square feet at the Orland Park site in 1954. The
company moved its Chicago-based general offices and headquarters to
Orland Park in 1960.
About Andrew Corporation
Andrew Corporation (NASDAQ:ANDW) designs, manufactures, and delivers
innovative and essential equipment and solutions for the global
communications infrastructure market. The company serves operators and
original equipment manufacturers from facilities in 35 countries. Andrew
headquartered in Orland Park, IL, is an S&P 500 company founded in 1937.
Forward Looking Statements
Some of the statements in this news release are forward looking
statements and we caution our stockholders and others that these
statements involve certain risks and uncertainties. Factors that may
cause actual results to differ from expected results include
fluctuations in commodity costs, the company's ability to integrate
acquisitions and to realize the anticipated synergies and cost savings,
the effects of competitive products and pricing, economic and political
conditions that may impact customers' ability to fund purchases of our
products and services, the company's ability to achieve the cost savings
anticipated from cost reduction programs, fluctuations in foreign
currency exchange rates, the timing of cash payments and receipts, end
use demands for wireless communication services, the loss of one or more
significant customers, and other business factors. Investors should also
review other risks and uncertainties discussed in company documents
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.