New building puts Plexus employees in focus

Posted on May 6, 2010 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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As a business writer in the New North, I have the unique opportunity to go inside businesses across the region. You learn a lot about a company by meeting with its leaders and seeing where they work. That’s definitely the case with Plexus Corp. (You can read my story on Plexus by clicking here.)

In mid-March, I had the opportunity to go inside Plexus’ new corporate headquarters as crews from Miron Construction and Faith Technologies worked on finishing the building’s interior. The building’s two main features – its central staircase and space where employees can gather and exchange ideas and the building’s abundant windows, which bring in plenty of natural light as well as provide some nice views of the downtown and the Fox River – left the impression that Plexus is serious about creating a great work space for their employees.

When talking to Plexus CEO Dean Foate, he confirmed my insights. In working on the building’s design – as a trained engineer you knew he would play an active role – Foate says the company is committed to creating a place where employees want to come to work every day.

“Being located downtown, we’re able to provide employees with places they can easily walk to for lunch or they can go outside and just walk. We’re also very close to the Neenah-Menasha YMCA so they can go over there,” he says.

By bringing in lots of natural light, it not only means lower utility costs, but also creates a better working environment for employees since studies have shown workers are more productive when exposed to daylight.

But for Foate – as well as other Plexus executives – the new building means all corporate employees will be at one site instead of being at separate locations. “We’ve never all been at one site and it will be great for meetings as well as impromptu times when you just want to check in with someone on an idea,” he says. “It will definitely make us all more productive.”

— By MaryBeth Matzek