June 27th, 2014
Doug Buchanan, Columbus Business First
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. is bringing its employees in from the suburbs in a seismic shift that will see the company vacate long-held offices in Dublin while greatly expanding Grandview Yard and giving a boost to the Arena District and downtown Columbus.
In all, about 3,600 employees in Dublin and Westerville will relocate as part of the move, which will take place in stages as leases expire.
Brian Ellis, president of the insurer’s Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd. affiliate, said the shift represents “an outstanding opportunity” to move workers into company-owned buildings while improving their work environment and the company’s efficiency by having its 13,000-plus area employees all within a couple miles of each other.
“We wanted to bring our associates together on a state-of-the-art campus,” he told me.
“The goals of this new campus are to bring associates together in a campus environment to create collaborative work environments, better align our business units and take advantage of Nationwide-owned properties in a way that best positions us to serve the needs of our members and associates,” Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen said in a statement.