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Inside Method's Colorful, Cutting-Edge New $30M Soap Factory

Yesterday, soap and cleaning supply manufacturers Method and Ecover officially opened the doors to their brand new $30 million plant on Chicago's far South Side. The Method company will produce thousands of cases of cleaning supplies in Chicago per day in this LEED Platinum facility—the only one of its kind in its industry and only one of two in the United States. The colorful new 150,000 square foot factory boasts a large wind turbine, rows of solar panels and the world's largest hydroponic rooftop farm, which will grow one million pounds of fresh produce annually. It's a big deal, and not just because it's so sustainable; the Method plant is the first new factory to be built on the city's South Side in nearly 30 years.

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