Fireproof Records Center, a local information management company, will more than double storage space and triple capacity with a 64,000-square-foot addition to the company's Grove City facility as a response to the growing demand for records storage and imaging, it was announced last week.

Fireproof Records Center, a local information management company, will more than double storage space and triple capacity with a 64,000-square-foot addition to the company's Grove City facility as a response to the growing demand for records storage and imaging, it was announced last week.

"The current economy has brought us great opportunity to grow our business while helping our clients to keep their records management costs down," Fireproof chief executive office Mike James said in a statement.

"As companies downsize and right-size in a slow economy, they look for partners in outsourcing. Document storage and imaging allows companies to grow by freeing up storage space and saves them from having to relocate or add on to their facility." ╩

Fireproof moved into its 50,000-square-foot facility in Grove City's South Park office campus in early 2007.

The addition will be completed in the fall.

At that point, the company will occupy more than half-a-million square feet of space locally, maintaining Fireproof's position as the largest independently owned and locally operated commercial records center," according to the announcement.

The addition was designed and will be built by Transamerica. It includes 35-foot ceilings to allow for maximum storage volume.

╩What is now Fireproof Records Center was established as a moving and storage company in Columbus in 1909, according to the firm's Web site.

"Fireproof entered the document-storage business in the late 1950s," the site states. "The records storage business was formalized in the late 1970s with computerized tracking systems, dedicated personnel and expanding complimentary services like indexing records, data protection and disaster recovery and document destruction.

"Today, in addition to maintaining 500,000 square feet of document warehousing at four central Ohio locations, the company also stores close to a terabyte, 1 trillion bytes, of electronic information."