By GSCB Staff

James Hardie Industries plc, the world’s #1 producer and marketer of high-performance fiber cement and fiber gypsum building solutions, recently celebrated the official opening of its new US headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. Featuring remarks from James Hardie CEO Dr. Jack Truong and Governor JB Pritzker, the event marked a significant milestone in the global corporation’s strategic transformation to a consumer brand.

The company’s 68,000-square-foot office at 303 East Wacker overlooks Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, and supports the brand’s focus on the consumer and market-led innovation, enabled by collaboration and the cross-functional teamwork of its more than 5,000 employees around the world.

“On LaSalle Street, we used to look at buildings, now we have unobstructed views of the river and of downtown Chicago. On a clear day, we can see Lake Michigan for miles, this is very intentional,” remarked Dr. Jack Truong during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “In moving to this location, we were determined to elevate and enlarge our perspective. We wanted to look beyond building exteriors, to the neighborhoods where our customers and employees live and work. We wanted to focus on the needs of the trade, of course, but also to lift our gaze to the homeowner, whose dreams we intend to fulfill.”

The state of Illinois will play a significant role in James Hardie’s transformation and continued expansion. In addition to the new corporate offices in Chicago where the company’s leadership is based, there is a James Hardie manufacturing plant in Peru, Illinois.

Marking more than 15 years of partnership with Habitat for Humanity, James Hardie leadership presented a check for $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity Chicago. In addition, company leadership recognized Veteran’s Day by presenting a check for $100,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project. GSCB