NORTHFIELD - After just two years in a newly-renovated 75 thousand square foot building in Northbrook, Nestle' Pizza division is moving to Ohio's Cleveland, taking 250 jobs and pizza brands Digiorno, Tombstone, California Pizza Kitchen, Jack’s and Delissio along.
The company's decision to move involved a stunning amount of secrecy, Ohio-based corporations working together to entice the Illinois-based operation, tax incentives and thousands of volunteer hours, Crain's Cleveland reports. The process began with dissatisfaction in Chicago's northern suburbs, developed into real estate and talent queries and ended with a big move to Ohio, where Republican Governor John Kasich is leading the state away from higher taxes, deeper debt and burdensome regulations.
Bottom line? Another well-respected source of employment and taxes is on its way out of Illinois to greener pastures, just two states east.