Governor Pat Quinn announced Monday that the state of Illinois has been ranked #5 in the nation for new and expanded corporate facilities.
Illinois moved up two spots from last year's seventh place ranking, according to the annual analysis by Site Selection magazine, one of the nation's premier corporate real estate and economic development publications. In 2012, Illinois had 322 corporate facilities locate or expand in the state.
"More and more companies are choosing Illinois to invest and grow their business," Governor Quinn said. "I'm committed to advancing Illinois' competitiveness, and using every tool at my disposal to expand businesses headquartered in our state and encourage others to locate and do business here."
Illinois companies that have relocated or seen significant expansions this year include Walgreen, Nippon Sharyo, Chrysler, Woodward and LaFarge among others. Chicago maintained its #2 ranking among the metropolitan areas category for the second year in a row.