VANDALIA — When the Superior Abrasives building is completed in Stonequarry Crossings it will be a striking addition with its large glass windows, red trim, and non-rectangular shape. That’s what President Lynne Henson wanted – a building her employees as well as Vandalians could be proud of.
Recently, the management of Superior Abrasives has had the ability to put their personal touch on the building.
They have been attending art classes at Color of Energy Gallery in the Oregon District where owner Mike Elsass teaches Brush Before the Brain.
The class teaches would-be artists to be immersed in the light, texture, and colors of the art work. Participants leave the class with a work of steel art that they created.
“We are very excited to see our pieces of Art in our new facility in Vandalia which were created by Mike and also the ones that Superior Management created with his guidance,” said Executive Assistant Elizabeth Cox in an email. “The purpose of this class was to let Superior Abrasives Managers have the ability to put their own personal touch on the new building.”
Superior’s 100,000 square foot building is currently under construction at the intersection of Peters Pike and Fieldstone Way. The company is relocating from Harrison Township due to being unable to expand at its existing location. The company had 85 employees when it held its groundbreaking earlier this year and expects to add 25 new employees over the next three years.
Construction is expected to be completed in early 2016.
Henson said that the company is spending more than it needs to on architectural enhancements to the building to make a statement to Superior’s employees and the community.
“Our employees are who we are, and we want them to be happy,” she said at the company’s groundbreaking in March. “We want them to be proud of the environment they walk into every day. We are trying to bring the outside into the building with the windows and we want people driving by on Peters Pike to notice our building. We think its a win-win for us and the community.”
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