SC Johnson to renovate Racine HQ, move 175 jobs to Chicago

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

Nov. 5, 2015

  The inside of the SC Johnson atrium would integrate a number of older buildings to create a new space and business neighborhoods. 
Submitted rendering

RACINE — One of Wisconsin’s iconic companies, SC Johnson, announced Thursday it will spend $50 million to $80 million to renovate and modernize its headquarters in Racine and will relocate 175 positions from Racine to Chicago.

Construction will start in 2016 and take about two years, according to the company. This renovation work is in addition to SC Johnson’s $28 million purchase of the former Sealed Air building in Mount Pleasant earlier in 2015. As a result of the new work, the property will be renamed the Sam Johnson Campus in honor of SC Johnson’s fourth generation family leader, and will be occupied starting in spring 2016.

  Illustrated in this rendering is the potential new exterior of the western section of the SC Johnson headquarters complex between Howe and Racine streets. Plans are to integrate a number of older buildings to create a world-class innovative office space.
Submitted rendering

In addition to the investment in its buildings, SC Johnson announced Thursday that it will relocate 175 positions from Racine to Chicago in the next 12 months to two years — and no jobs will be eliminated as part of the move.

“The move will give SC Johnson the opportunity to infuse the company with an even broader world-class talent base and diversify its business locations. A location has not yet been determined for SC Johnson’s new office space in Chicago,” said Kelly Semrau, senior vice president of Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability of SC Johnson, in a statement. “It’s important that we position the company for long-term success. Racine continues to be an important location for our global company. Yet we operate more than ever in a global competitive environment and we have to expand our talent pool to nearby Chicago to remain competitive.”