Milwaukee Tool announced the opening of Milwaukee Tool – Chicago. Located in the heart of the Windy City, the location will serve as an Engineering Design and Innovation space to accommodate the company’s continued investments into new technology.
Milwaukee Tool fosters a culture of disruptive innovation that has led them to pioneer numerous new technologies in the construction industry. For example, their revolutionary M12 and M18 cordless systems continue to push the boundaries of cordless tool performance for users across the globe.
Over the last decade, the company has experienced incredible double-digit growth and currently employs more than 10,000 people in the United States. Chicago’s flourishing ecosystem of technical talent is one of many reasons Milwaukee chose to expand to the city.
As Milwaukee Tool continues to pursue advancements in productivity and safety on the job site, the level of innovation necessary to design and develop breakthrough solutions requires engineering expertise across many disciplines. The company continues to actively invest in emerging technologies around motors, power electronics, lithium-ion batteries, wireless connectivity and IoT, embedded systems, and artificial intelligence.
“We’re proud to be part of the fast-growing tech scene in Chicago,” said Steve Richman, group president of Milwaukee Tool. “Our People are our most valued asset and, together, we’ve built a Culture that’s unparalleled in the industry. As we push the limits of new technology to deliver the best solutions for our users, we look forward to continuing to recruit, attract, and retain the very best people.”
Milwaukee invested more than $14 million to renovate 70,000-square-feet of space within the historic Old Post Office in Chicago. Approximately 10,000 square feet is dedicated to lab space for design and development of critical new technologies. True to the company’s cross-functional, collaborative culture, this space will be home to multiple disciplines within their Engineering Team, including: Embedded Systems; Firmware; Power Electronics; Systems and Mechanical Engineers; PCB Designers, and; Project Leaders.
This location will also act as an extension of the company’s global headquarters in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
Dedication to technology
Milwaukee’s relentless cycle of disruptive innovation and its laser-focus on the trades has firmly positioned the company as a leader, with more than 585,000 hours spent on jobsites with users and more than 1,500 patents filed in the U.S. in the last decade.
The company was the first to invent the technology that enables the use of lithium-ion in power tools. By coupling their own brushless motors to the most capable electronics packages and advanced lithium-ion batteries (all designed and developed in-house), the company has continually pushed the boundaries of cordless tool performance.
This is what ultimately drove the development of their revolutionary M12 and M18 cordless systems. A little more than a decade since their introduction, these systems are still the leading cordless power tool systems in the world and are home to more than 500 fully compatible solutions.
These are solutions that challenge the notion that users must rely on cords, hoses, or gas for power.