GREEN BAY - A banking company that can trace its roots in downtown Green Bay back 139 years, once again has its headquarters in downtown Green Bay.
After being in Ashwaubenon the last 15 years, Associated-Banc Corp. headquarters are now on Main Street in the former Regency 333 building.
What was a mostly empty building in downtown Green Bay is now the new home for about 500 Associated Banc-Corp, employees.
“I originally was downtown before we moved out to Ashwaubenon,” said Lisa Kaiser, a project coordination manager at Associated. “Coming back is like coming home.”
Associated closed on the property last fall. On Monday the company celebrated the $20 million move with a ribbon cutting.
“We essentially gutted the inside of the building,” said Philip Flynn, the company’s president and CEO. “We didn't do much to the outside other than put a new roof on, but if you upstairs and take a tour, we took a building that's about 30 years old and made it feel very contemporary, light, modern and open.”
“It's not a brand new shiny building,” said Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt. “We would have liked to have seen that, but more importantly we want the jobs down here, good paying jobs.”
The building brings together employees from six locations. Microwaves were all purposely placed on the first floor as one way of hopefully everyone getting to know each other.
“There's an economic benefit of being in one place, but there's also all these intangible benefits of having everyone working together and seeing each other all day,” said Flynn.
From the color of the carpet to the names of conference rooms, employees had a say in the process.
“All of that was really around the themes of fun, engaging, inviting and really what is it our vision to be at Associated,” said Laurie Riedy Timmerman, the director of Human Resources at Associated.
City leaders hope the move is just the start of companies choosing to relocate downtown.
“You've got employees that are going to give back to the community,” said Schmitt. “This is a big step for downtown.”
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