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Local Transportation Company To Move 550 Jobs To Chicago

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Oct 29, 2015 3:13PM

Brad Keywell, via Getty Images

Chicago's tech sector is about to get another infusion of new jobs—local transportation management services company Echo Global Logistics has acquired a Skokie-based company and said it will be moving 550-some jobs to the city.

Echo Global Logistics, founded by Goupon co-founder Brad Keywell and located at 600 W. Chicago Ave., has 800 employees and will bring employees from Command Transportation, which it acquired in June for $420 million, according to the Tribune, to River North and will "aggressively" hire new staff in sales, information technology and programming.

City officials took the opportunity to tell the Tribune that about 36 companies chosen to locate their headquarters in Chicago since 2011—highlighting City Hall's goal to attract more businesses to the city, grow jobs and encourage talented people to live here.

This has been a big week for Brad Keywell. Another startup of his, Uptake, received a $1.1 billion valuation this week, shooting it to "unicorn" status as a rare private company valued at at least $1 billion. Uptake has 300 employees.