The Stefanini Group in Davenport has a new state-of-the-art office building that company officials hope will spur more business, lead to more employee collaboration and eventually will attract more employees.
The global technology company, which has had a presence in Davenport for about 22 years, recently moved north from its previous location to an office building at 5770 Tremont Ave. after a $2 million renovation. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday, June 16, for the company’s new facility.
“I am extremely happy with the results. The result is amazing,” Spencer Gracias, CEO at Stefanini North America/APAC, told employees gathered for ribbon-cutting events at the new location. “This was built to accommodate growth.”
The company’s new home is about 11,000 square feet with many large, open rooms, few closed offices, and an outdoor cooking and recreation space. Company officials say they hope that design will help usher in more collaboration and communication between employees with the goal of better serving its customers.
“You have to have a home to accommodate your people,” Mr. Gracias said in an interview with the QCBJ before the ribbon-cutting Thursday.
He added the new office, which was in the works before the pandemic, also will accommodate the new world of hybrid work models – where many employees split their work hours between home and the office. The new office also boasts many high-tech features not available even five years ago that, he said, will be helpful with the hybrid work environment.
Also, Mr. Gracias hopes the new, colorful office will help keep and attract a new workforce. “Young people don’t want to work in an ugly place,” he added.
Several Stefanini employees on Thursday also praised the new office building for its style and open concept spaces.
“It’s a really attractive work environment. It’s just a good place to work,” said Dan Rowe, business account director.
Mr. Rowe added that Stefanini workers moved into the new office about three weeks ago.
The new office comes in response to an employee engagement survey. In the survey, employees indicated the need to increase collaboration and help with the growth of the company.
During the office transition, Stefanini also boosted the Quad Cities economy by working with local contractors on the remodeling. The project contractors included: Tri-City Electric Co., Total Maintenance Inc., Paragon Commercial Interiors, Johnson Commercial, MetroNet and others.
Stefanini also lent a hand to area nonprofits by donating unneeded items from its old office to several local organizations such as Goodwill of the Heartland, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley, and Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities.
The Stefanini Group, which was located in a former retail space at 1010 E. Kimberly Road for many years, employs about 70 people in Davenport.
Since 2001, Stefanini Group has been helping companies increase the efficiency of their information technology operations. Stefanini is a $1 billion global technology company specializing in digital solutions, with locations in 41 countries across the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia.
The Stefanini Group is a Brazilian multinational company with a corporate office in Southfield, Michigan.