Quality Solutions moves to Colwich

Quality Solutions is moving from 455 N. Maize Road to 40,000 square feet of vacant space in the south building at the ICM office complex in Colwich.

Quality Solutions, which has more than 100 employees, wants space for growth in its business of managing the maintenance and renovation of retail and restaurant locations in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

The company, founded in 1997 by Eric and Wendy Dunn, is privately held.

It acts as the middle man between large companies with multiple locations around the country, and the local electricians, plumbers and contractors who do the actual work. Quality Solutions hires the contractors, manages the jobs, guarantees the quality and speed of the work, and handles the payments.

Even though many chains have halted growth or even cut store numbers, Quality Solutions is seeing growth as it pushes for a larger slice of the market, said Jeff Peterson, the company’s chief financial officer.

“In our current facility, we really have no additional space for growth,” he said, “and it’s our intent to continue to grow. This space is a good fit for us to project out over the next few years.”

ICM, which oversees the construction and management of ethanol plants in the U.S., has the extra space after it built two large office buildings in Colwich in the past decade. The company grew rapidly as the industry boomed in response to government mandates and subsidies.

Since the boom cooled, the company has had to lay off several hundred employees.

ICM still occupies the north building, but it has been trying to lease out the 56,000-square-foot south building. With the Quality Solutions deal, the company still has space to lease, said ICM spokeswoman Monique Garcia.