CUMBERLAND — Ask Gas South president and CEO Kevin Greiner about the company’s recent decision to expand and consolidate its corporate headquarters in the Cumberland area, and the conversation veers toward commitment.
There is the commitment to further ingrain itself into the fabric of the Cobb County area. And then there’s the commitment to its 160-plus employees. The story of the consolidation began two years ago with Gas South’s decision to bring its customer care operations in-house. Originally handled through a third-party group, Greiner wanted Gas South to have greater control and oversight over what he calls a “critical business function.”
Scheduled for early 2015, the consolidation involves moving approximately 90 employees who now work at Gas South’s Marietta customer care center to its One Overton Park office complex on Cumberland Boulevard. The location has been Gas South’s headquarters since it was founded in 2006. To cement its commitment to the area and its employees, Gas South, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cobb EMC, also extended its lease at One Overton Park through early 2025.
The move coincides with the company’s unprecedented growth. To date, Gas South, a leading provider of natural gas serving approximately 270,000 residential, business and governmental customers throughout Georgia and Florida, has grown its customer base by 70 percent since 2008.
“This is an important move for us,” Greiner said. “This is something we wanted to do for a long time. We were in two different locations. The goal is to build ‘One Gas South’ – a place where our employees can get to know each other and see what each person does to make Gas South successful. We are one team pursing a common set of goals and objectives.”
As part of the expansion, Gas South will add a14,485 square-foot customer care facility that includes attractive employee workspaces, break rooms, private coaching rooms and other employee-friendly features. With the additional space, Gas South will occupy a total of 41,493 square feet at One Overton Park.
David Ellis, VP, brokerage, Ackerman Co., which represents owners and tenants of commercial office and industrial space in the Cobb area, said Gas South’s decision will be a continued boon to the area.
“I believe the Cumberland office market will continue to see growth and will benefit from a lack of available space in other submarkets like central Perimeter and Buckhead,” Ellis said. “In addition to Gas South’s expansion, other major companies in the area like Novelis and Home Depot are adding jobs. Cobb has strong leadership and an active Chamber, so the future is bright.”
Greiner said the Cobb area’s potential to be a destination for businesses and people alike factored heavily in Gas South’s decision.
“We are really bullish on this area and what it is going to mean for us moving forward,” he said. “The infrastructure that the Cobb area gives us is everything we need. Traffic moves well. We have great access to the downtown area, and we are still firmly rooted in Cobb. And with the Braves moving in, it will be something to see how everything plays out over the next couple of years.
“We are excited about the kind of talent that we have been able to attract here, and will continue to do what we can to keep attracting good people,” Greiner adds. “We are a young company that has a young demographic.”