Jim Syfan knows about moving trucks on the road, but he’s also shown his hand lately in moving desks.
The expansion of Gainesville-based Syfan Logistics at 2037 Old Candler Road has been largely a reconfiguration of available space, with employees moving from one work area to another while the old area gets enlarged.
“I tell (employees) it’s all an adventure,” said Syfan, the company's CEO.
It’s all part of Syfan’s plan to add 19,000 square feet to 12,000-square-foot corporate offices in the building, which is off Queen City Parkway/Ga. 60 at Interstate 985.
“We outgrew what we had, so we’re spending about $3.5 million (on the project),” Syfan said during a visit last week to the business.
The project also includes an expanded fitness room for employees. And Syfan has added an outside elevator to especially target disabled veterans as employees.
Employees will get adjustable desks allowing them to stand or sit as they work.
“I expect it will be the first week in February before everything is done,” Syfan said.
He hopes to have a grand reopening ceremony in March.
Syfan Logistics also is hoping to add workers. Now at 351 employees, “I want 500 within the next two years, probably the next year,” Syfan said. “We are growing so fast.”
A second expansion is already being considered.
The overall building size is 45,000 square feet, housing several company operations in addition to Syfan Logistics.
“We can keep on growing, and we’ve got 50 more acres,” Syfan said. “(As needed), I’ll just build another building.”
A growing economy is pushing the expansion.
“People feel like spending money, and they’re buying more,” Syfan said in a July interview, as the company was about to embark on the expansion.
The company has written a college-level logistics curriculum to help draw students into the field.
“If they don’t wish to come here, that’s information and ability they can take elsewhere and do really well,” Syfan said.
Still, the company wouldn’t embark on such an expansion “unless we had a pretty good inclination that we could man it,” he said. “We wouldn’t want to put a bunch of empty desks in here and not be able to get the right kind of people to perform in here.”