Sara Lee to base North American Meats in Chicago

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CHICAGO — Sara Lee Corp. is planning to relocate its North American Meats corporate headquarters in early 2013 to 400 S. Jefferson Street in Chicago.

This move is expected to bring at least 500 jobs to Chicago with the potential of 650 total jobs. The new facility will have high sustainability standards with LEED certification.

“Today we strengthen our long relationship with our hometown, the city of Chicago,” said Jan Bennink, executive chairman of Sara Lee. “This move will put our new company’s headquarters in the heart of one of the world’s business capitals and will be one of the key elements of building our more nimble, creative and innovative culture.”

Sara Lee announced earlier this year it will split in the first half of 2012 into two pure-play companies, an international coffee and tea business and a North American Meats company.

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