MAU Workforce Solutions is celebrating 40 years in Augusta by completing extensive renovations on its building at the corner of Greene and Fifth streets.
“It’s really part of our recommitment to Augusta and our recommitment to downtown,” said MAU President Randy Hatcher. “I see some businesses questioning the future of downtown. It’s our single-largest capital investment that our company’s ever made. For us, it’s a statement.”
Hatcher estimates the company will have spent about $1 million once the project is complete. Much of the work – including new metal awnings, updated lobby areas, and new windows and exterior doors – started six months ago and is finished, Hatcher said.
The former “500” numbering on the back of the five-story building has been removed and re-branded with a new MAU sign. The 50,000-square-foot office building was constructed in the 1960s and MAU moved its operations there in 1989.
“For years the building had an identity crisis,” Hatcher said. “It used to have a giant ‘500’ on the back and people called it the ‘500 building.’ It’s 501 Greene St.”
Finishing touches will be made to the landscaping, and a flagpole for the U.S. and Georgia flags will be placed atop the building, Hatcher said.
“We consider this a gateway to the business corridor of downtown,” Hatcher said.
MAU is a temporary staffing, recruiting and outsourcing agency that is headquartered in Augusta.
Hatcher’s father, William G. Hatcher Sr., founded the company in 1973 in the former Georgia Railroad Bank building, on the corner of Broad and Seventh streets. William Hatcher, now 87, began the firm at age 47 after he was laid off from a corporate job.
“He’s a classic entrepreneur,” Randy Hatcher said of his father. “His determination, his faith and his winsomeness is what laid the foundation for MAU today.”
The company primarily serves the manufacturing sector with 70 local clients, including E-Z-Go, Kimberly-Clark and Georgia Iron Works.
There are MAU offices across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, but the company’s services also extend into Europe and South America, Hatcher said.