Four51 Moves Into New North Loop Office Space
Over the past year, B2B e-commerce company Four51 has had its employee base grow twofold. Companies like Cargill, Papa John’s and Taylor Corp. have been jumping aboard the tech company’s flagship platform OrderCloud, which helps businesses order supplies for their day-to-day operations.
As a result, Four51 recently moved into a new office space in the Warehouse district of Minneapolis simply to accommodate its swelling staff size.
“This move [into the Wyman-Partrige building] will allow us to accommodate our ongoing growth plan,” said Four51 CEO Mark Johnson in a blog post. In February, after capping a $5 million funding round, the company laid out a three-year plan that would see its revenues tripled and staff size quadrupled to 225 people.
As of Monday, Four51 had hired 21 new employees in various tech and sales positions for the year. By the end of 2016, it expects to have another 15 people on board, bringing the total up to 80 employees.
Chip House, the company’s chief marketing officer, noted that despite the new move, the company is already considering a second expansion.
“The new office space will house up to about 85 people with the current configuration,” he said, adding that plans are already in motion for the company to move into a second level within the Wyman-Partrige building.
However, if there’s anything that’s been downsized since the move, it’s the number of private offices. Instead, Four51 executives have been opting for desks situated within the office’s open working environment.
“We need to move fast, and the open environment we’ve created will help us do that,” said Johnson, who himself now sits amongst his colleagues. “I want employees to walk up to my desk daily with their questions and ideas. I know that if I sit in the open area instead of in a closed office somewhere, they’ll be more likely to do that as we continue to grow.”