Business Equipment Company, a longtime Springfield business, celebrated its recent move to a new location at 3783 W. National Road after a roughly $100,000 renovation to the facility.
The business, which was founded in Springfield in 1970, moved from its previous location on North Street in downtown Springfield in December. The company has 15 employees, and the move to the smaller facility will help the company provide a more compact location for the company’s show room and space for employees, said J.D. Lindeman, who purchased the company from his father 25 years ago.
Lindeman said the decision will also help the company cut costs in the long run.
“It’s definitely going to cut overhead,” he said.
The company sells office equipment, supplies and furniture to area companies, and delivers within a six-county area, Lindeman said. The previous space on North Street was about 27,000 square feet, while the new office is closer to about 14,000 square feet.
The new office on West National Road had been vacant for about four years and needed significant repairs to the interior of the building. The renovations took about three months to complete, Lindeman said.
Lindeman had previously owned the building on North Street, but eventually sold it and leased the space. Lindeman said he became interested in owning his company’s building again and said the new facility is a better fit.
The move made sense for the company as business is beginning to improve, Lindeman said.
“I think it’s coming back,” he said of the economy. “It’s coming back slowly but very steadily.”
Lindeman said the company started in his father’s basement in Springfield and initially only repaired office typewriters and calculators. It slowly grew and began selling furniture and office supplies.