in a rural area about 75 miles northwest from Chicago's downtown "Loop"
(or central business district) is the City of Harvard, Illinois (8,000
population per 2000 census). During World War II, Harvard was crowned
the milk producing capital of the world, having 16 dairies located in the
Located about 5 miles south
of the Wisconsin boarder, Harvard is also the birthplace of Paul V. Galvin
(1895-1959), who founded Motorola (it began as the Galvin Manufacturing
Corporation, in Chicago, in 1928, and the name of the company was changed
to Motorola, Inc. in 1947 with headquarters now in Schaumburg, Illinois).
Paul's grandson, Christopher
B. Galvin was elected President and Chief Operating Officer in 1993, the
Chief Executive Officer in 1997, and then Chairman of the Board in 1999.
In 1996, Motorola opened
a 1.3 million-square-foot state of the art cell phone manufacturing plant
in Harvard that once employed as many as 5,000 people. In January
2001, Motorola terminated about 2,500 employees and later announced plans
to completely close it by April 2006.
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