Halo’s new headquarters ready for growing workforce
STERLING – It’s moving week at Halo Branded Solutions.
The rapidly growing promotional and employee recognition products company started shifting workers into its new headquarters at 1500 Halo Way on Monday.
“All of our administrative staff are moved in, but we’re still transitioning the warehouse staff from Rock Falls,” said Terry McGuire, senior vice president of marketing and supplier relations at Halo.
In November 2016, Halo announced its expansion plans, which were driven by the company’s rapid growth, fueled by several acquisitions made since 2015. The space was needed to accommodate the anticipated addition of 250 jobs over 5 years, essentially doubling the workforce.
The 157,500-square-foot facility will immediately house Halo’s 300-person headquarters team, and there will be workstations for 200 additional employees. The building includes a 90,000-square-foot warehouse for corporate promotional and recognition programs that are now split between warehouses in Sterling and Rock Falls.
“Our goal was to have everything in Sterling and Rock Falls under one roof, and we’ll accomplish that goal by the end of May,” McGuire said.
Ground was broken April 1, 2017, for the new building at a 20-acre site that will allow for future growth. This expansion project completes the first phase of what eventually will be a 280,000-square-foot facility.
“We have enough land for a second phase, and there will be one, but there are no plans at this time to break ground,” McGuire said.
Halo had been leasing its buildings in Sterling and Rock Falls. Those leases expire at the end of the year and the company no longer needs those spaces.
The new building was mapped out to address current needs, but with an eye on the future.
“We have collaborative meeting space, a wellness room, additional training space, and the latest technology throughout the building to allow our support team to do the best job possible for our account executives and clients,” Halo CEO Marc Simon said in a news release.
Halo employees were encouraged to give their input when the construction plans were drawn up.
“We received excellent ideas from nearly every employee and incorporated many of those ideas into the building design,” Simon said. “Our goals were to make this the most comfortable work environment possible, while providing flexibility for future growth.”
Halo is planning a series of open houses over the next several months for employees’ families, local business leaders, and the company’s nationwide sales and support team.
The company said the project was completed on time and on budget. Halo has been in the Sauk Valley for 66 years.
Halo Branded Solutions said it has several job openings and expects to add positions throughout the year. The company, with 369 employees in Sterling and Rock Falls, has entered a 5-year growth phase in which it expects to double its workforce. Job openings can be found at halo.com.