After COVID-19 pandemic delay, Facet Technologies opens new building
Brian Ford started his business with a dream, a kitchen table and computer parts.
When he assembled his first computer as a Bradley University graduate student, using his apartment’s kitchen table as an office, Ford thought that if he could sell 300 computers a year, he would be rich.
the Faceted technologies founder can now laugh at this old dream. He didn’t just build that first computer; he built a business. Today, Facet works with more than 5,000 companies from Seattle to central Illinois, a leap from selling 300 computers per year.
Facet Technologies has also gone from Ford’s kitchen table serving as the company’s office to a basement he himself dug under his home in Peoria. It was Facet’s No. 2 headquarters.
Headquarters No.3 was in Beijing, a place where Facet has happily been located since 2001. Still trying to grow the business that started at its kitchen table, Facet opened its new headquarters in Peoria last week.
The new building, located at 3024 W. Lake Avenue, is the culmination of everything the company has worked for. From the kitchen table to Lake Avenue.
“It’s very satisfying, very satisfying,” Ford said of the new headquarters. ” It is really awesome. I’ve always had these big dreams and I’ve always said “I’ll try to make it happen”.
Jason Hahn, Facet’s Director of Business Solutions, has been with Ford for 22 years. His time with Facet dates back to when the company worked in Ford’s homemade basement.
“It’s great to be here,” Hahn said. “Back when I was 18, 19 and working in his basement, I walked through his living room down to where we are today … from Beijing to Peoria to get this building, that ‘ is a great feeling and it is exciting to come to work every day and see what we have accomplished.
Today, more than 30 employees work for Facet, including Ford’s daughter, and the company is seeks to add more in its new headquarters, according to Ford and Hahn. Facet has four openings currently, in accounting, customer service, and for an administrative assistant and a software engineer.
It’s a reality difficult for Hahn to imagine from this basement.
“When I started there I kind of looked at Brian like he was crazy when he had his vision and stuff, but when I started working with him, one of the first things was that I thought was “this guy could really succeed,” “mentioned. “But being here now today… I didn’t expect to be here when I started, that’s for sure. The more I am here the more I saw where it was going and it’s exciting now that we’re here.
The move was not without challenges, however. Facet Technologies closed its new building in April 2020, just as COVID-19 shut down Illinois.
Ford said the pandemic had delayed their move for at least three months. Hahn says this made the move “twice as difficult.”
But regardless, for Ford all the years of hard work have paid off.
“It was like it was meant to be, it all kind of fell apart,” he said.