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Safelite to add up to 350 local jobs in next 3 years


Safelite is anticipating adding as many as 350 jobs to its Columbus workforce over the next three years.

The company that focuses on vehicle glass and claims management last week announced plans to expand and relocate a portion of its headquarters to 2500 Farmers Drive in northwest Columbus by 2014, as long as it receives incentives from Columbus and Ohio.

"I want to thank Safelite for working with the city of Columbus to expand its business here and create jobs for our residents," Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said in a news release. "This great company exemplifies our growing reputation as one of the best cities for jobs in the nation."

The company that started in Kansas in 1947 moved its headquarters to Columbus in 1990. The headquarters now sit at 2400 Farmers Drive, southeast of the Sawmill Road exit from Interstate 270, but it is outgrowing the space it leases.

"We're outgrowing this building," said Melina Metzger, publication relations manager for Safelite.

"Part of our plans are to take over a floor at 2500 (Farmers Drive) next door," Metzger said.

"We don't know which group will be moved. We're still looking at corporate functions."

In addition to company headquarters, Safelite has two call centers, a warehouse and service shop at different locations around Columbus.

"We have been on a tremendous upward path and this expansion will allow us to invest even more in world-class service, talent development and support for the central Ohio community," Safelite President and CEO Tom Feeney said in the release.

The potential growth of up to 350 jobs won't be limited to the Farmers Drive offices, Metzger said.

"Those are jobs in all of the central Ohio locations, at the call center (and) headquarters. It's not limited to these two buildings," she said. "It's all part of the incentive packages based on job growth."

Safelite is expecting incentives from Ohio and Columbus. Details on the tax incentives from Columbus are expected on April 29 as they go before Columbus City Council.