CHICAGO (AP/KMOX) – A design, engineering, architecture and construction firm is moving its corporate headquarters from St. Louis to Chicago.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office says Clayco’s decision to relocate its headquarters will create about 300 new jobs in Chicago in the next few years.

Clayco already has 280 employees in the Chicago area. The company plans to keep its office in St. Louis and no layoffs are planned.

Clayco CEO Robert Clark says his company also is hoping to acquire a municipal engineering company to develop its infrastructure business during the next few years.

Clayco also will be joining the City Colleges of Chicago’s College to Careers program.

Friday morning, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised Clark’s decision to relocate as the two announced the decision in Chicago Friday.

“Clayco is exactly the sort of company we are looking to attract to Chicago,” Emanuel said. “I am committed to bringing new and technologically-advanced businesses to Chicago, especially those that want to grow and expand their businesses, and Clayco is exactly this sort of firm. I look forward to partnering with them as they make Chicago their new home.”

“Chicago is simply the best location for the company given our growing national and international design and engineering business,” Clark said. “The pro-growth, pro-business leadership of Mayor Emanuel, the incredible commitment to the city’s infrastructure and transportation hubs (both Midway and O’Hare Airports) is second to none in the United States. In addition, for a growing company like ours to be in a world class city attracting the best and brightest young minds in our industry matches with our goals and objectives.”

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