New Chicago-based Skyline manufacturing company Evanston-based Evanston Lean Manufacturing is set to open its doors.
The Evanston company, which is based in the former St. Bernard Hotel on St. Louis Park, is building its manufacturing capacity and operations in Evanstons own backyard.
It employs 150 people and produces various home furnishings and furniture, including appliances and kitchenware.
The company’s founder, Adam Evans, said the company has been able to expand its manufacturing capabilities and find manufacturing partners locally, as well as abroad.
The company has plans to open a factory in the Evanston city limits, Evans said, which he says will be a boon for Evanston.
Evans said the facility will provide workers with an outlet to do more product design work and help the company grow.
Evans says his company will also be able to source materials from suppliers outside of the U.S. The firm has plans for a new plant in Evanburgh and a new facility in the Chicago area.
The new facility will create an additional 300 jobs, Evans added.
“I think that’s going to be huge for Evanston,” Evans said.
“It will help our economy tremendously.”
Evans, a Chicago native, is also a partner in the company and a graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
He says he wants to create jobs in Evanstenstons backyard and bring more manufacturing jobs to the area.