Several new white-collar jobs are headed for downtown Spartanburg.
Greenville County-based civil and environmental engineering firm Hulsey McCormick & Wallace has announced it will open a new office in Spartanburg-based Johnson Development’s 101 Pine building beside the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
Wes Hulsey, the firm’s president and CEO, said the 1,700-square-foot office will house eight employees, including David DePratter, division manager, and Hal Morris, senior project manager and chief financial officer.
Hulsey said the office will enable the firm to better serve its clients in Spartanburg and North Carolina, including the city of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Water, and some industrial customers.
“We just reached a point where we felt we needed to have a presence there,” Hulsey said. “It helps shorten the distance between our offices in Greenville County and Hickory, N.C.”
“It’s important that we continue to provide responsive service to our private and public clients,” Hulsey added. “It benefits them and helps us to accomplish our vision.”
Johnson Development acquired the building at 101 N. Pine St. positioned at the city’s eastern gateway to downtown in 2012 via foreclosure sale.
To meet a growing need for office space in downtown Spartanburg, the company has spent more than a year breathing new life into the facility, including recently rebranding it as 101 Pine.
Geordy Johnson, CEO of Johnson Development, said Alex Powell, leasing and development manager for Johnson Development, has led the company’s effort to reenergize the facility, taking it from about 40 percent to 65 percent occupancy during the past few months.
Powell represented Johnson Development in the transaction.
“We are thrilled to welcome another meaningful employer to downtown Spartanburg,” Johnson said. “We are excited about the jobs HMW will create. Their selection of Spartanburg further validates the market as a destination for highly skilled professional firms. Additionally, we have seen significant interest in 101 Pine for office users.”
Tim Satterfield, with Coldwell Banker Commercial Caine, represented HMW in the site selection process.
“HMW’s move into the Spartanburg market shows that there is a need and opportunity for their services to be provided to local businesses and government agencies,” Satterfield said. “We are starting to see more highly skilled professionals look at the Spartanburg market, and HMW is a reflection of that.”
Spartanburg’s new Downtown Development Partnership (DDP), an entity launched through the county’s cultural and economic vision plan OneSpartanburg, assisted HMW with the selection process.
“We are seeing the business community take note of Spartanburg’s momentum,” said Jansen Tidmore, executive vice president of DDP, in a statement. “They understand that now is the time to invest in downtown Spartanburg.”