We couldn’t have asked for a better day than yesterday for such a wondrous
occasion as a grand opening for one of the most innovative and environmentally friendly plants in the nation. Chicago’s historic Pullman Park district welcomes Method. This mindful soap manufacturing plant has a 75,000-square-foot rooftop greenhouse owned and operated by Gotham Greens for the food desert community, a beautifully designed employee cafeteria (smoothie lady not included) for the workers and a one-stop-shop assembly line to make less of a carbon footprint when manufacturing products for the consumers. Method makes eco-friendly cleaning products, like biodegradable dish soap and foaming hand wash. Method’s new facility is located on the old Ryerson Steel site along the Bishop Ford Expressway. It’s flanked by green space and decorated with solar panels over the parking lot. A big wind turbine is on the land displaying their prominent name.
The $30 million facility is a Platinum LEED building, the highest certification for green construction. Pullman is following the city’s trend of a decreasing crime rate. The community’s rate dropped by 14 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year.
During the grand opening, Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about how Method called Chicago home which was initiated by a single phone call made to him by Bobby Kennedy. There were 150 other choices and they chose Chicago. Now crime is down 44% because jobs are being provided in the city.
9th ward Alderman Beal acknowledged all who were involved while including his funny disbelief that Method started in a bathtub. He also talked about this being the first manufacturing plant that has been brought to the African American community in over 30 years. Beal was definitely a proud alderman of his community!
Method is using this as a platform to build stronger community and being an engine of economic development and job creation.
Viraj Puri, Co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens said, “Method had a vision to build the most innovative and economic establishment on the south side of Chicago.”
Methos wants its facility to be a real life classroom for local students, so they are working to organize school visits in the future.