Go a little west, company, to High Point
A company involved in high-tech networking and communication systems and research will relocate its operation from eastern Guilford County to northern High Point, filling a building vacant since the onset of the Great Recession.
LGS Innovations will move 110 employees from its current facility in McLeansville to one of the former Ciba Specialty Chemicals buildings at Premier Drive and N.C. 68. The company will relocate to the nearly 55,000-square-foot building that has been vacant since Ciba shut down locally in 2009. Another former Ciba facility in Piedmont Centre is occupied by a separate business.
LGS Innovations will relocate to the new High Point facility within the next four months, said Loren Hill, president of the High Point Economic Development Corp.
“LGS Innovations is an impressive company, and it is such great news for its Guilford County employees — and for the community — that the company will continue to call our area home,” Hill said.
The relocation of LGS Innovations won’t involve any hiring now, but the new facility offers the company room for 20 percent to 25 percent growth, said John Barry, vice president of new products.
“The driver for this whole change is to find a newer, well-appointed facility,” said Barry, who added that the current location in McLeansville is more than 30 years old. “This new facility will give us capacity for growth.”
The relocation of LGS Innovations to High Point doesn’t involve economic incentives, Hill told The High Point Enterprise.
The company’s decision to move within Guilford County keeps the business and its employees in the area, since LGS Innovations was considering out-of-state locations.
“We are thrilled this was accomplished within Guilford County, and LGS can continue to benefit from the talented work force and other advantages of this thriving region,” said Kevin Kelly, the company’s chief executive officer.
Hill and Dan Lynch, president of the Greensboro Economic Development Alliance, said the two agencies worked together to keep LGS Innovations within Guilford County.
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LGS Innovations is an independent subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent. Its clients include the U.S. Department of Defense and other agencies. The technology products and research company’s offerings include infrastructure and installation, video teleconferencing, public safety and emergency communications, tactical communications and Cloud services. LGS Innovations is headquartered in Herndon, Va., with offices in Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and North Carolina.