ADP to add 450 jobs, expand campus in Augusta
Less than 6 years old, the Automatic Data Processing campus in west Augusta will expand to accommodate an additional 450 employees.
An hour before the company’s expansion announcement Thursday, the Augusta Economic Development Authority authorized bond financing for $20 million to $25 million to add 60,000 square feet onto ADP’s building on Flowing Wells Road.
ADP moved into its Augusta facility in 2009 and currently has 1,000 employees serving clients in payroll, hiring, benefits and retirement administration.
Walter Sprouse, the executive director of the development authority, said Augusta won the competition for the ADP expansion, beating out Texas for the additional personnel.
Dave Brendza, ADP’s vice president and general manager in Augusta, said the construction will take 18 to 24 months from the groundbreaking. ADP should begin the project this year, he said.
“We plan to fill that space within five years, would be a good estimate,” Brendza said.
ADP started its operations in Augusta in 2007 but did not have its $40 million, 160,000-square-foot office constructed until 2009. The expansion will be built next to that main building, Brendza said.
He said the existing building can accommodate 1,250.
“What we’re really doing is gearing up for additional expansion and making sure we don’t have a compression issue,” he said. “We believe the talent is very abundant here. We have no issues with recruitment or skill sets of associates.”
Sprouse said the New Jersey-based company will be able to take advantage of the state’s tax credits for new hires, which is $3,000 per person for five years. In total, that could be a $6.7 million incentive.
“We are proud of ADP. They are a major force in our economy,” said Henry Ingram, who is chairman of the economic development authority board. “Over the course of the last six months, we’ve had Solvay expand, we’ve had Elanco expand. Unisys, we just opened the new facility downtown. And now ADP.”
Brendza said hiring for the new area of the Augusta Solutions Center will be done when it is close to completion. The jobs will be published on the company’s Web site.
“We have our own talent acquisition department. We recruit out of Augusta University, and Paine and Augusta Tech,” he said. “UGA now, we’ve started a partnership with them.”
Based on current needs, the company is continuously hiring for its Augusta center, and those jobs are published on the Web site as they become open.
A year ago, the ADP unit that handled auto dealer financing moved out of the Flowing Wells Road building to the Wells Fargo Building in downtown Augusta. It was renamed CDK.