Echo Incorporated Completes Corporate Office Expansion on Schedule

Chicago, IL (9/18/2017) - Outdoor power equipment giant ECHO Incorporated is expanding its corporate headquarters in Chicago suburban Lake Zurich, IL. The official grand opening ceremony was September 15, 2017.
 
“This new corporate facility represents Yamabiko Corporation’s confidence in our continued growth as our company evolves,” says ECHO Inc. President Tim Dorsey. “While our core business remains within the landscape and arborist segments, we have grown in recent years with synergistic acquisitions and the introduction of product segments such as industrial generators. With our growth comes the need for a larger facility to house those expanding businesses,” he explains. 
        
Construction began during the second quarter of 2016. The addition adds 51,000 square feet to the company's campus located at 400 Oakwood Road in Lake Zurich and will be a natural extension of the building already in place.
 
The addition is situated on 37 acres that hosts ECHO’s corporate headquarters and manufacturing/distribution operations and will feature many state-of-the art amenities. The addition brings the total under roof compound to 585,000 sq. ft.
 
The majority of the new structure is built using architectural precast, steel and glass materials. The new building contains approximately 450,000 pounds of steel or enough to build about 200 cars. The precast concrete wall panels used for the structure would provide over ½ mile of sidewalk. The curtain wall glass and windows weigh over 35,000 pounds, enough glass to make 84,000 16-ounce Coca-Cola bottles. Approximately 16,700 cubic yards of dirt was moved to accommodate the structure, or nearly 2,000 semi-truck loads. The underground storm water detention system holds 43,800 cubic feet of water, nearly half an Olympic swimming pool. 
 
The inviting exterior features newly constructed sidewalks, curbs and planted trees to welcome employees and visitors. The new parking lot will feature 212 parking stalls.
 
Given the company's future plans and growth potential, the location of ECHO’s headquarters is a plus. A large work force of educated and skilled employees is pulled from the surrounding area. Lake Zurich resides in Lake County, IL with a population of 703,000-plus people.
 
PREMIER Design + Build Group, LLC was chosen to turn the company’s vision into a reality.  This is the third major project PREMIER has constructed for ECHO over the last 17 years.  PREMIER Design is a full service design and build firm specializing in industrial, medical, commercial and adaptive re-use projects. Stephen Rankin Associates is the architectural firm on the project. Stucturelogic Inc. provided structural engineering expertise and Kimley-Horn provided civil engineering services.
 
ECHO Incorporated is a leading manufacturer of professional-grade, high performance outdoor power equipment for professional and residential use. The corporation markets its ECHO, Shindaiwa and ECHO Bear Cat products through 6,200 North American dealers, plus an additional 2,200 Home Depot locations selling the ECHO brand. The company is based in the Chicago suburbs which also serves as the headquarters for its Belrobotics and Shindaiwa Industrial Products. ECHO Incorporated is a subsidiary of the Yamabiko Corporation located in Ohme, a suburb of Tokyo, Japan.
 

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