It may have been his company's first day in Grandview, but 2Checkout.com CEO Tom Dailey said Monday, Jan. 7, that the new headquarters already felt like home.
The company, which provides online payment processing services to companies around the world, has moved into a portion of the building at 855 Grandview Ave.
"The city of Grandview really made (moving here) an easy decision," Dailey said after this week's ribbon-cutting ceremony.
"It's not just the financial incentives they offered, but the mayor, administration and City Council made us feel welcome and partnered with us to make our transition a smooth one."
For the first five years of a 10-year tax-incentive agreement with the city, the company will receive 75 percent of the income-tax payments above a $237,500 threshold. In the sixth and seventh years, the company would receive 50 percent, and for the final three years of the agreement, the rebate would be 25 percent for any year income-tax payments exceed the threshold.
Grandview's proximity to Ohio State University and the state Route 315 tech corridor "was a great draw for us for recruiting purposes," Dailey said.
With about 100 employees now, 2Checkout.com, which previously was located in a west-side industrial park, expects to add up to 60 more employees in the coming years, he said.
The Grandview Avenue space gives the company the room it needs to grow, Dailey said.
The design of its offices kept the skylights in the building while adding a spacious area for employees and a modern, high-tech feel to the office that matches 2Checkout's culture, brand, values and energy, he said.
"We wanted to have a space that looked and felt high-tech, because we are a technology company," Dailey said.
A bank of television screens will serve as a "scoreboard" for employees, providing updates on company events, world and national news, the number of clients being served and the number of callers on hold. The office includes several "huddle rooms," or small conference areas, each named after a world region and each with its own distinctive decor.
"We wanted to reflect the worldwide reach of our company," Dailey said.
Most of its clients are small- to medium-size companies selling physical or digital goods, he said.
2Checkout.com provides payment services in 30 languages and 20 currencies around the globe -- more than any other online payment processing company, Dailey said.