Creative Mobile Interiors, a custom vehicle conversion company, broke ground last week on new headquarters with a ceremony that concluded with fireworks and was attended by Mayor Richard L. "Ike" Stage and former Mayor Cheryl L. Grossman.

Creative Mobile Interiors, a custom vehicle conversion company, broke ground last week on new headquarters with a ceremony that concluded with fireworks and was attended by Mayor Richard L. "Ike" Stage and former Mayor Cheryl L. Grossman.

The new building is being constructed on eight acres of land located a half mile up the road from the company's current headquarters at 6497 Seeds Road. The land includes over 600 square feet of frontage on Interstate 71 just south of London-Groveport Road.

Also in attendance at the groundbreaking were representatives of Dublin Building Systems, Lusk Architects and US Bank along with many Grove City officials and all 35 employees of CMI.

"The company's new headquarters and operational facility will consolidate all operations from the four separate plants it currently leases," according to a spokeswoman. "The layout of the building and land allow for three expansions for CMI totaling over 80,000 square feet of building space. The first phase is 17,500 square feet in office and plant production space."

"The new building will not only allow us to consolidate our plants but allow room for growth" CMI president and founder Owen Connaughton was quoted as saying in the announcement. "We are so excited to be one step closer to moving into our very own building and enhancing our customers' experience.

"You can see the excitement in the eyes of our employees when talking about out new facility."

Upon completion, the entrance to the building will include a vestibule that leads to both a large glass-enclosed reception area and a design center. Adjacent to the design area will be an executive conference room. There will also be 12 office areas, a break room, restrooms and a copy room.

The production is to include four coach bays, one service bay and four smaller vehicle bays. This area also will have individual rooms for upholstery, electronics, stock and shipping and receiving.

The front of the steel building is to be enhanced with masonry stones and large glass windows. The landscaping includes a pond and fountain and a six-foot ornamental fence. CMI was started in a 4,500-square-foot shop on the West Side of Columbus before moving to the present location in Grove City in April of 2002.