SICK, Inc. is breaking ground on its new campus in Bloomington’s South Loop District at 2701 American Boulevard East on July 15 at 10 a.m. Media are welcome to attend.
SICK, Inc., named after the company founder Erwin Sick of Germany, designs, builds and sells intelligent sensors and related products that are used by a myriad of businesses around the world - from shipping/logistics to autonomous vehicles. Since 1997, SICK’s North American headquarters has been located in Bloomington at 6900 W 110th Street in a 52,000-square-foot building it owns. In 2012, SICK added a location to the growing company in Savage to house its production and logistics operations. In 2017, SICK leased additional space in Bloomington near its headquarters.
In 2018, SICK began a nationwide search for a 20-plus-acre site to consolidate all of its U.S. operations into one campus. Bloomington was interested in this project because it delivered on a number of the City’s strategic goals, and the mission of the South Loop District Plan. The project adds diversity to the tax base and good paying jobs to Bloomington.
The City owned 14 acres of developable land in South Loop, which it acquired through acquisition for Lindau Lane for roadway improvement and redevelopment, and through a collaboration with the Metropolitan Airports Commission related to the construction of the north-south runway. The Bloomington Port Authority marketed the 14-acre site to SICK; and developed a plan to use public funding from Bloomington, the Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Minnesota Investment Fund, and from Hennepin County’s Transit-Oriented Development program to mitigate the size difference between the 20 acres SICK wanted and the 14 acres the City owned by building SICK’s parking into structures and in phases as SICK expands. South Loop’s central location in the metro, proximity to the airport and hotels, and the availability of transit all played into SICK selecting South Loop as the permanent location of its North American headquarters. Development agreements were finalized on October 29, 2020. Closing on the first phase occurred on July 1.
"We are so pleased to welcome SICK to this new location," Bloomington Mayor Tim Busse said. "I’m proud that SICK initially chose Bloomington when it began its operations in the United States, and I’m equally proud that we’re able to keep SICK and the jobs it brings here in the South Loop through this innovative arrangement that makes this site viable for the company as it grows."
The first phase constructs 120,000 square feet of office, production and logistics. The second phase, to be built within five years, adds a multi-story, 100,000 to 150,000-square-foot office building. In total, the project will cost about $100 million over four phases and will be approximately 550,000 square feet.