The signatures and well wishes may never be seen again, but they’ll be up there.
The Lash Group celebrated a milestone Monday when project leaders and partners autographed the final beam that will top the company’s new headquarters in Kingsley North. The headquarters should be complete in a little less than 12 months.
“When this last piece of steel is put in place, it will begin the countdown,” said Tom Coyle, partner with Childress Klein.
The five-story building will be 250,000 square feet, and have LEED green certification. Tracy Foster, Lash Group president, celebrated the progress thus far, but spent more time talking people than construction Monday.
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“We’re always looking for the best possible candidates,” she said. “It’s nothing without the people who will work within it.”
Last summer, Lash Group announced the company headquarters would move from Charlotte to Fort Mill, bringing 2,400 jobs. Kingsley also will have LPL Financial and other commercial tenants.
“The ancillary development expected to accompany this project will be significant,” said Mayor Danny Funderburk.
The initial investment from Lash Group is expected to be $57.3 million. A second building is likely. Funderburk said full build-out at Kingsley North could bring $200 million in new investment and 5,000 jobs to Fort Mill.
“New commercial development provides more opportunities for existing and future residents to shop local, dine local and keep their dollars local,” he said.
With Lash Group employing many in Charlotte, many of the cars it does put on the interstate will go against the flow from Fort Mill into Charlotte.
“Reverse commuting patterns will lessen the impact,” he said.
Having grown up in the Charlotte metro area, Foster said, the business needed a new headquarters nearby where they could keep existing staff, while attracting top level employees. The Anne Springs Close Greenway, which celebrates its 20th birthday Saturday, was another top selling point in relocation.
“We want to make sure we retain our associates, so we were thrilled to find our new dream home location here in Fort Mill,” Foster said.
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The Fort Mill headquarters will serve a company with 3,000 associates nationwide. Lash Group has more than 20 years experience in healthcare consulting and patient support. It serves pharmaceutical, device and biopharma manufacturing clients. For information, go to lashgroup.com.