NEWS

Grandview Yard’s ‘buzz’ lures UA company, 100 jobs

November 22nd, 2011
Mark Dubovec, Columbus Local News

Willis of Ohio Inc., a division of the global risk management and insurance broker Willis Group Holdings, plans to relocate its offices to Grandview Heights from Upper Arlington.

The company is anticipated by Nationwide Realty Investors, the developers behind the Grandview Yard project, to be an anchor tenant of the office building at 775 Yard St., occupying most of the second floor and joining current tenants M+A Architects, Schindler Dentistry, the Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill, Jason’s Deli and Massage Envy and Spa.

The firm, which has 100 employees, is expected to move into the building Dec. 16, said managing partner Frank McKain.

“We are extremely excited to come to Grandview,” he said.

Patrik Bowman, city director of administration and economic development, said Willis will be one of the city’s top employers in terms of payroll and number of employees.

“They’re clearly going to be one of our major employers,” Bowman said. “It’s tremendous.”

McKain said the company was looking for a more visible location as well as a community “more in tune with our corporate vision.”

Willis looked at a lot of places to relocate to, McKain said, but the deciding factor was the energy and visibility of Grandview Yard.

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