Vice president of Sapa Group for the Americas (Sapa) Jack Pell turned to Treystar for help finding the right office space in 2010. He and the global company have been satisfied Treystar clients ever since.
Based in Oslo, Norway, Sapa is the world leader in aluminum solutions and extruding. Boasting 100 manufacturing facilities worldwide, the company employs 23,500 people in more than 40 countries. As such, Sapa's Kalamazoo office space had to be accessible to a wide range of users and close to amenities for regional and traveling employees alike.
Treystar is Flexible
"We were first located in the Business Technology and Research Park, but changed our minds and wanted to be downtown," Pell said. "It was no problem and Treystar took care of us."
Sapa moved into Treystar's Haymarket Building on E. Michigan Avenue. The company spent five years there, requiring space on two floors of the building to accommodate its regional staff. That's when Pell turned to Treystar again to find a new home for Sapa.
"We really wanted our people to be all together. Treystar made a plan and we moved to Main Street East," Pell said. "Now we have a great space for much better collaboration for a group of seven people."
Moving an office space with global contacts is no easy task, yet Treystar guided Sapa through the process.
"They've been easy to work with," Pell said. "They've made it an easy transition for us - seamless.
"When we need to have space changed or built out it is always quick. Everything we've asked for, they have delivered."
Treystar's assistance doesn't stop after the moving boxes are emptied.
Pell said, "They build a relationship with you; it's not just a business transaction. These guys are friends."
"We have great relationship with Treystar. We plan to work with them for a long, long time to come. I'd recommend them to anyone."
"The office space is special in many ways," Pell said, yet location is definitely at the top of the list.
Being downtown with easy, walking access to the Radisson Plaza Hotel and a variety of great restaurant choices is a definite plus.
Aesthetics of the space are also a plus.
"We really like the retro, loft feel of the space," Pell said. "It is great to have the artistic space even though we are a manufacturing and engineering company.
"My favorite part about the space is bringing everyone together."
Sapa Group's Economic Impact
As the world's largest aluminum extruder, Sapa is enjoying growth in the automotive industry and beyond.
"We are focused on the automotive market right now. It is a large growth area," Pell said. "Although we're a global company, the Midwest is a great market for us. The automotive industry drives the Midwest economy and we are glad to be a part of that growth," Pell said.
"For example, we work on the Ford F150. The truck has an all aluminum body; cab and body panel. It is the largest selling truck. We have added 40-50 jobs locally to accommodate that growth."