A need for being closer to potential employees and clients resulted in another tech business relocating to western Wayne County.
ETAS, a company that handles software and software security predominantly in the automobile industry, recently moved its Americas headquarters from Ann Arbor to a new facility at 15800 N. Haggerty, located in Northville Township but with a Plymouth mailing address.
The move, which constituted relocating its offices and its nearly 100 employees, allows the company to be closer to a bigger population center.
“Ann Arbor, while it has a a lot of pluses, it’s far from a lot of our customers. That was one of the main drivers,” said Eric Cesa, general manager for the Americas for ETAS. “Finding talent for us is one of the other main drivers.
“We can pull from a significantly higher pool of people to fill the openings that we have and what we expect to have.”
The company finalized its move earlier this month, operating in an industrial building on Haggerty north of Five Mile.
With the changing work environment, especially after remote work become a norm during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the new space will allow for more open-ended working among employees, Cesa said.
“Our goal from the beginning was to create a much more collaborative space,” he said. “We’re all really out in the open, promoting team environment, trying to facilitate that communication amongst the organization.”
The company has locations across the globe, with most of its employees in the Western Hemisphere being located in Michigan. It also has offices in Waterloo, Ontario, and in São Paulo, Brazil.
It’s not expected all employees will be at the facility at one time, save for special meetings or any company events, Cesa said. Without having everyone there on a regular basis, it allowed the company to not need as much space as it would have required in the past.
Instead of leasing a full floor and an additional half-floor of the building as was originally thought, the company only occupied one floor.
“Maybe COVID sped up what was going to happen in the industry anyways,” Cesa said. “It was clear that we weren’t going to expect everybody to be in the office every day.”