After running his business, JEM Consulting, from home for the past nine years, owner Jason McClaflin recently moved the company into the former Warner dealership building, 2226 W. Market St.
McClaflin said he purchased the property in March and, while the building offers 16,000 square feet of space, he chose to showcase JEM Consulting in the glass storefront of the property.
Although McClaflin said company growth was the primary factor in the decision to move, he added the larger, dedicated space "facilitates the technology" with which JEM is involved, and provides customers a "tactile opportunity" to experience the design process and equipment required by JEM's information technology services.
The location also allows for equipment and systems to be built and tested on site and space to provide training for customers and their employees, he said.
According to JEM's website, the company provides networking, server, security, email, printer, application and computer support. McClaflin said JEM Consulting also provides voice over Internet protocol services and performs wireless work.
JEM serves northwest Ohio and has clients in six other states, McClaflin said. Many larger manufacturers in Tiffin and Ashland are JEM customers, he said.
McClaflin said he and his family are active in the Tiffin community and dedicated to the success of the area. As JEM searched for a new location, he said, taking an "underdeveloped property" and filling it with business activity offered a positive move for the company and the community.
He said two companies are leasing space on the property, including CHEAP "R" Services, a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company, and Precision Automotive Technologies, which provides window-tinting, automobile accessories and detailing.
A fourth space on the property is available for lease and could be used for anything from storage to another business, McClaflin said. He said it is a "blank slate" that can be adapted.
As JEM settles into its new facility, McClaflin said digital signage will be added and more employees will be hired. Now, he said, he wants to hire a network technician.
He said JEM employees enjoy a diverse, challenging environment and have a vision for the direction of their careers.
That vision, McClaflin said, is shared by JEM as a whole, and is reflected by the company's new location.
"We are a high-end IT development company," McClaflin said, with a high level of certification. The company's new facility, he said, is consistent with "how we see the company growing."