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German company moves U.S. headquarters to Illinois

SCHAUMBURG (AP) — A Germany-based manufacturing company that makes cooling systems for computers and servers is relocating its U.S. headquarters from Ohio to Illinois, company and state officials announced Thursday.

Rittal Corp., with its headquarters and manufacturing facilities based in Urbana, Ohio, will move its corporate offices to Schaumburg, Ill., about 35 miles northwest of Chicago. The office is expected to be running by September. State officials say the company will create about 40 jobs in Illinois.

"Getting closer to our customers so that we become their first choice is a significant goal now and in the years ahead," Rittal President Douglas Peterson said in a statement. "Creating a world-class customer-oriented facility in the Chicago area with its proximity to one of the world's most accessible airports is an excellent step toward making those critical connections easier."

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn credits the relocation to his trip last year to Germany, where he met with Rittal CEO Friedhelm Loh.

"Rittal chose Illinois for its central location, transportation offerings and high quality of life," Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, said in a statement.

The company will be eligible for corporate income tax credits based on how many people are hired in Illinois. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity said the credits are valued at about $62,000 each year over 10 years.

Rittal Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Rittal GmbH & Co. KG. The company has offices in Nevada and Texas, and employs about 10,000 people globally.

Rittal manufactures industrial and IT enclosures, racks and accessories. Those include climate control and power management systems, according to the company website.

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