A year ago, Quintec Integration Inc. opened its new headquarters, bringing a bit of Silicon Valley-type atmosphere to the Milwaukee area. “This reminds me of a mini-Google,” said James Deppoleto, founder and president of Quintec, of the new headquarters.
The 20,000-square-foot complex, located west of Milwaukee in Waukesha, is designed with the employees in mind. It features 20-foot ceilings, swings, massage chairs, glass doors in the offices and ergonomic work spaces, a 2,000-square-foot workout facility and half-court basketball hoop. There is a full-service kitchen for employees and a cafe where Deppoleto said someone usually “tries to get the popcorn” going by 11 a.m.
What drove the project?
Quintec, which was formed 20 years ago, is a full-service conveyor and material handling integrator. The business provides engineering, project management, installation and support “for any project that involves
When Deppoleto was looking to build out to accommodate the growing business, he started thinking about the psychology of the work environment. “My mood would pick up when callers colors were lighter,” he said. While Deppoleto had an appreciation for the “man cave industrial feel” he also felt that such designs were not particularly upbeat. He found many workers responded to lighter colors and so sought to create a new space with a more modern feel.
The result has been a good one, according to Deppoleto. “Pretty much whoever walks through the door is blown away. Young engineers have turned away bigger companies to work for us,” Deppoleto said. There was a culture shock for some of the longer-term employees after the relocation. “We went from a shoebox environment where we would work and had blank walls,” he said.
The new headquarters seeks to promote a healthy environment where workers can both work and play, according to Deppoleto, who said employees come in ready to work hard with the idea in mind that “there’s a reward when they want to step away from their desk.” At the same time, Deppoleto said he sought to keep his own “old school values” intertwined through the new environment. “I come from the background of handshake deals, where your word is your bond. I like to maintain that here,” he said.
While the company has done a fair share of work in its home metro Milwaukee market and in nearby Chicago, the business has also worked on projects all over the country and in Canada, and is poised for substantial growth, according to Colin Daviau, business development for Quintec. The business serves clients of all sizes, from small companies through Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. government, according to the Quintec website.
Daviau has been with the company for about a year, one of the employees drawn in by the renovated headquarters. “A big part of why I took the position was because of the atmosphere, the environment and culture here,” he said. “It’s important to me and important for the future of the company.” The new headquarters reflects how Quintec does business, Deppoleto said. We’re creative and we’re always thinking outside the box. We try not to get shoehorned” into one certain way of doing things, he said. “You need that in the material handling world.”
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