By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY
JANESVILLE — Longtime Janesville-based business OfficePro will be relocating to Beloit later this year, according to president Jamin Arn.
OfficePro won’t lay off any of the around 30 staff members at either the Janesville headquarters or Elkhorn Chemical & Packaging location, making the former Staples property at 1810 Sutler Road in Beloit’s Morgan Square plaza the “flagship” property.
“Never in a million years did I think I would be in that property,” Arn said. “The stars aligned and it’s going to open up a lot of opportunities for us.”
The company acquired Elkhorn Chemical & Packaging in 2017.
Arn said the location of the Morgan Square property “made sense” for the business supply company’s operations.
“That intersection at I-43 and I-90 is so big for us,” Arn said. “This will give us an advantage and more exposure.”
The 24,000 square-foot building will serve as the company’s headquarters, distribution center and document shredding facility. There will be a showroom for office furniture and janitorial equipment that will be open to public, along with the ability to purchase business products, facility products and drop off for document shredding.
“We’re in Milwaukee, Madison and Rockford every day of the week,” Arn said. “I was looking for something that was the least painful for everybody.”
The big move is expected to take place starting with the Elkhorn staff in May and the Janesville location in June, Arn estimated.
OfficePro was started by Arn in 2003.
The Beloit Staples location has been closed since 2016 after opening in 2000.