One of Augusta’s major employers cut the ribbon Friday on an expansion that will serve as the template for similar regional hubs across the United States.
ADP’s $20 million expansion adds 60,000 square feet of office space and 600 parking spaces to the campus off Flowing Wells Road.
ADP, which stands for Automatic Data Processing, helps its business clients manage payroll, hiring and employee benefits. Founded in 1949, ADP serves more than 630,000 customers in more than 100 countries.
“Today’s ribbon-cutting represents the realization of our team’s work for ADP to continue its growth as an industry leader of all elements of human capital management technology solutions and expertise,” said ADP Vice President Dave Brendza, general manager of the Augusta location. “It also represents our relentless pursuit for the attraction and development of top talent in the area.”
Augusta’s expanded offices and a similar ADP facility in El Paso, Texas, will be models for three new “service and implementation centers” the company has planned for Norfolk, Va.; Tempe, Ariz.; and Maitland, Fla., a suburb of Orlando.
“This expansion was highly competitive with other ADP locations,” said Walter Sprouse, executive director of the Augusta Economic Development Authority. “But the highly educated, well-trained and diverse workforce here in Augusta prevailed again.”
ADP told The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk last November that its new hub there is “part of a ‘strategic realignment’ that includes large regional offices with 2,000 to 3,000 employees apiece.”
ADP’s Augusta facility has about 1,300 employees now “and we’re hiring every day,” Brendza said. Augusta’s employee capacity, for now, is 1,700.
“Our commitment to Augusta runs really, really deep,” said Debbie Dyson, ADP’s corporate vice president for client experience and continuous improvement.
“Spending time here and watching the growth that has happened has been amazing.”
Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis said the investment in the community is important, but the talented people businesses attract are key in helping the city succeed.
“It’s not just the jobs, but more than anything, it’s the communities you’re creating with the people who make it happen every single day,” he said.
The Roseland, N.J., company first opened offices in Augusta in 2007 with a temporary “solutions center” on Stevens Creek Road.
In 2009, it moved to a 160,000-square-foot complex just off Interstate Parkway, where Friday’s ribbon-cutting took place.
Almost a year ago to the day, last June 20, ADP cut the ribbon in Augusta on its Critical Incidence Response Center, ADP’s second in the country and the fifth in the world.
That center helps other response centers in New Jersey, Romania, India and the Philippines target financial cybercriminals.
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