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Weber-Stephen Products LLC Breaks Ground

on New Distribution Complex


Palatine, Ill.—Friday, July 11, 2014—Weber-Stephen Products LLC, the world’s largest manufacturer of outdoor grills and grilling accessories, broke ground today on a global distribution center in Huntley, Illinois. The planned 757,000 square foot complex will be the hub of Weber’s U.S. and global distribution network.

The Weber Global Distribution Center will be built on Freeman Road near Interstate 90, south of Weber’s existing facility and east of the Huntley Outlet Center. It is scheduled for completion by September 2015. The complex will be one of the largest industrial developments to commence this year in Illinois.

“The first Weber kettle grill was manufactured in Illinois more than 60 years ago,” said Tom Koos, CEO, Weber-Stephen Products LLC.  “With the continued growth of the Weber brand, we are proud to expand our footprint right here in Illinois, allowing us to more efficiently serve our customers around the world.”


About Weber:

Weber-Stephen Products LLC, headquartered in Palatine, Ill., is the world’s premier manufacturer of charcoal, gas and electric grills, grilling accessories and award-winning cookbooks and mobile applications. In 1952, founder George Stephen sparked a backyard revolution with his invention of the Weber® kettle. More than 60 years later, the privately-held company’s products are sold worldwide at select national home centers, specialty hardware stores, patio stores and other retail outlets. Weber has the strongest customer support program in the industry with its Weber Grill-LineSM (1-800-GRILL-OUT®).  Weber can also be followed on Facebook ( and Twitter ( Visit for more information.


About BDT Capital Partners:

BDT Capital Partners provides family-owned and entrepreneurially led companies with long-term capital.  In 2010, BDT Capital Partners acquired a majority interest in Weber-Stephen Products through a partnership with the Stephen family.  The firm's affiliate, BDT & Company, is a merchant bank that works with family businesses to pursue their long-term strategic and financial objectives, providing solutions-based advice and access to an extensive network of world-class family businesses.





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