State and Local Incentives Bring Magick Woods Operations and Jobs to Aurora – Kane County Connects
The state of Illinois joined forces with Magick Woods and the city of Aurora on Tuesday (May 11, 2021) to announce a major expansion of the company’s North American operations and distribution center in Aurora.
With support from state and local officials, the furniture and housewares maker will soon acquire a second location near its current location, allowing it to add three new assembly lines and expand its total Illinois area to 450,000 square feet.
The Aurora operations expansion includes reshoring key manufacturing operations and will create space for 50 new permanent jobs.
“As a long-time leader in manufacturing, Illinois has the resources businesses need today to grow and compete in the 21st century,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “With our highly skilled talent, investments in upgrading critical infrastructure and access to a strong supply chain, we provide companies like Magick Woods with the resources they need to meet global customer demand and develop for the future.
“I would like to thank Magick Woods for her continued commitment to Illinois and for investments that will create new jobs and opportunities for our residents.”
With a growing trend towards home repairs and remodeling during the pandemic, the company is seeing oversized demand for products including bathroom vanities, kitchen cabinets, and other interior items. The Magick Woods brand can be found in major retail stores, including Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Menards.
The company cited access to major US highway systems and proximity to retailers as the main reason for its growth plans.
“We are very excited to announce our plans to expand Magick Woods with significant investments to increase the scale and production of products in the United States,” said Indy Pathmanathan, President and Founder of Magick Woods. “Our North American offices in Illinois have always played a vital role in our ability to relocate high quality projects around the world – and have become increasingly important to us during the pandemic when demand for housewares soared and our company helped reach new heights.
“Our success would not be possible without our hardworking and dedicated team in Illinois and without the support of state and local officials who have consistently supported a strong foundation for growth over the years.”
An EDGE for Aurora
Magick Woods’ expansion project is supported by an EDGE agreement from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. A $ 28 million commitment to expand the North American operations will lay the foundation for 50 new full-time positions over the next two years, including corporate and manufacturing employees and forklift drivers. The company already employs 90 engineers, finance, marketing, IT experts and assembly line workers at the Aurora site.
“Magick Woods ‘expansion in Aurora is yet another vote of confidence in Illinois’ growing manufacturing sector,” said Sylvia Garcia, DCEO assistant director. “We’re investing in modernizing employee training and physical infrastructure to expand our talent base and ensure companies have everything they need to meet future needs. We look forward to working with Magick Woods as they continue to invest and grow in Illinois. “
“Magick Woods’ expansion is a win-win for the company and our community,” said Aurora’s Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “This significant investment and Magick Woods commitment will both strengthen the local manufacturing industry and provide employment to our local workforce. I look forward to watching this expansion develop and returning to the grand opening. Welcome Home!”
Working with local workers, Magick Woods is developing a new recruitment program that focuses on three areas: operations management, manufacturing and forklift drivers. Magick Woods will begin filling these positions in late spring.
The practice group at JLL’s headquarters represented Magick Woods and provided site selection, referral, and advisory services for business and economic incentives.
“We are honored to have supported such a respected organization,” said JLL International Director Meredith O’Connor. “Magick Woods’ commitment to Illinois strengthens the state’s reputation as a great place for the world’s leading companies to do business.”
Illinois has been a manufacturing powerhouse for years. With manufacturing being a leading driver of the economy, the state continued to invest during the pandemic, with over 40 manufacturing expansions or relocations announced for Illinois in the past year alone.
That includes significant investments in Aurora’s growing manufacturing center with announcements from fiber optics maker viaPhoton, food inspection company FlexRay and global nutrition company Glanbia.
“Aurora is a manufacturing community, it’s part of us,” said Bryan Gay, President and CEO of Invest Aurora. “Aurora has been a manufacturing hub since our inception; Located on the Fox River, companies in our area have settled just outside the city of Chicago for our highly skilled and motivated employees and our strategic location. Today companies are still moving to the city because of our business-friendly environment and our continued investment in infrastructure and technology. “
About Magick Woods
Magick Woods Inc. was founded in 1993 as a boutique manufacturer of specialty cabinets and is currently operating under its parent company Magick Woods Exports Private Ltd. based in India.
In 2017, after extensive research and analysis, Magick Woods decided to set up its first and only US office in Aurora, IL.
Magick Woods currently sells to many household retailers and distributors including Home Depot, Menards, and Lowe’s.