Restoration Services, Incorporated (RSI) is one step closer to locating their new headquarters in Horizon Center. Last month, RSI President, Staci Ferguson presented a check to Industrial Development Board Chair, Bill Biloski, finalizing the purchase of 11.75 acres that will centralize up to 100 RSI employees currently working in Oak Ridge.
“It’s exciting to see this phase moving forward. We’ve considered several ideas over the past few years to build a home for RSI and now we’ll reach that goal,” Staci explained.
Since opening the doors in 1996, RSI, a small woman-owned business, has grown from three employees to almost 300 people spread across Oak Ridge, East Tennessee Technology Park, and Portsmouth, Ohio. RSI Vice President Rick Ferguson said, "The timing just felt right to action. A series of wins over the past year opened up the ability to strengthen our roots here in Oak Ridge.”
Horizon Center offered RSI many of the qualities they were searching for to locate a permanent structure. Horizon Center, originally developed through a reindustrialization initiative by DOE and transferred first to the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee (CROET), then to the Industrial Development Board, is a 1,000 acre industrial park with 450 acres dedicated to a natural area. “We wanted lots of nature, with the opportunity to create a design that reflects our company culture that embraces healthy living and environmentally friendly practices. From a business perspective we needed the ability to access ETTP and Oak Ridge easily,” Ferguson stated, “Our plan is to begin construction in 2012 on a LEEDS certified building that will hopefully contribute to the current park atmosphere.”
RSI Vice President Rick Ferguson and RSI President Staci Ferguson present a check to Bill Biloski, IDB Chair and IDB Board Member, Harold Trapp, finalizing the purchase of land in Horizon Center.