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German Pharma Investing $250M to Expand Campus

Fresenius Kabi is planning a $250-million expansion of the pharmaceutical company’s urban Chicago campus. The current Melrose Park site will be transformed into an advanced manufacturing site.

As many as four new buildings, totaling as much as 130,000 square feet, will be connected to the existing 124,267-square-foot plant. Groundbreaking is slated for next year, and completion is expected in 2026.

The campus will feature fully automated aseptic filling lines using state-of-the-art isolator technology, expanded freeze-drying capabilities, formulation areas, a dedicated warehouse for raw materials and components, and an administration building with conference center, labs, office space and cafeteria.

The global health care company specializes in life-saving medicines and technologies for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition. The German drug maker’s U.S. HQ is in Lake Zurich, IL.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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