Industrial Resources

Recognizing that strengthening industry creates a vital community, GSDC launched its industrial division in 1995. Designated as a Local Industrial Retention Initiative (LIRI) agency by the City of Chicago, the industrial division responds to industrial business needs and area-wide concerns. As a LIRI agency, our operational costs are covered by specially earmarked tax revenue. This gives us the ability to provide high quality services at no cost to industrial business owners, including:


  • One-on-one consulting for strategic business planning that takes advantage of growth opportunities.
  • Technical assistance that assesses business needs and provides the right tools for succeeding in a dynamic environment.
  • Business workshops that focus on industry regulations and other relevant topics.
  • Streamlined access to low-cost industrial financing, bond programs and grants.
  • Resources and information from a reliable source that stays current with industry trends.


Greater Southwest Industrial Corridor
The Greater Southwest Industrial Corridor is one of the major employment centers on Chicago’s southwest side. Home to more than 60 companies employing over 8,500 people, the corridor boasts many well-known businesses, including Kraft/Nabisco Biscuit Co., Tootsie Roll Industries, Solo Cup Company and many others. In addition to its longs history as one of Chicago’s manufacturing hubs, the area also benefits from its designation as a Planned Manufacturing District and Tax Increment Financing District. These factors combine to provide a strategic advantage for manufacturing, warehousing and distribution firms.


Harlem Industrial Corridor
The Harlem Industrial Corridor received designation as a Planned Manufacturing District in 2005. But the area also boasts another distinction. In 2007, it was the first southwest side corridor awarded status as an Industrial Park Conservation Area Tax Increment Financing District. These designations, reinforced by the area’s demographic and geographic features, are attracting considerable interest from industrial users.


Excellent Location
Close proximity to Midway Airport, as well as easy access by train and truck, provide a clear shipping advantage.


Competitive Workforce
A substantial commitment of resources for local job training and placement ensures an ample employment pool


Solid Infrastructure
Characterized by industrial buildings, abundant parking and well-maintained roads, the area is positioned for industrial expansion.


Measurable Growth
Home to more than 45 firms employing over 1,600 people, major manufacturers in the Harlem Corridor currently include GE Mathis Company, Hinckley Springs Water Company, International Paper, Prism Corporation, Hayes mechanical, and many more.