Caribou business to leave Maine

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 26, 2010, at 10:20 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — CCH Small Firm Services announced this week that it will open a new headquarters facility in Kennesaw, Ga., later this year, affecting the 70 employees in its Caribou office and about 530 more in offices in Kennesaw and Rome, Ga., and Fort Pierce, Fla.

The company said all of those employees will be transferred to the new headquarters over the next two years.

CCH provides tax and accounting software, research and training to more than 45,000 small firms in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

No jobs will be lost as a result of the move, Gene Goldenberg, vice president of marketing for CCH, said Friday, however employees in satellite offices must relocate to the new headquarters in Georgia to keep their jobs.

Company officials said the first employees will move to the new facility this summer, with the complete transition expected to be completed in 2012.

“The creation of our new headquarters will provide a world-class environment for our employees and will enable us to operate as a more integrated organization, bringing us together as one team to serve customers better than ever,” said Jeff Gramlich, the company president.

Goldenberg said Friday that 450 employees in Kennesaw and Rome, Ga., will be the first to move to the new headquarters in July, while the 72 Florida employees will move by July 2011. The 70 Caribou employees will move by July 2012.

“Some of the Caribou employees may move sooner, but we plan to keep operating our facility there until July 2012,” he explained. “Those Caribou employees who move will receive relocation assistance. Those Caribou employees who remain with our company until the facility there closes but choose not to move to Georgia will be eligible for severance.”

According to financial information provided by the city, the land and building are assessed at more than $1.1 million. Last year, the company paid $26,755 in real estate taxes to the city. The company also paid $18,216 in personal property taxes to the city last year.

The new 130,000-square-foot headquarters will include state-of-the-art information technology and will house the primary SFS Electronic Filing Center, which last year transmitted nearly 20 million federal and state tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service and state revenue agencies. There also will be a new television studio equipped with high-definition equipment, the company’s shipping and fulfillment operations and employee food, recreation and fitness facilities.

CCH Small Firm Services set up shop in Caribou in 1992. In 2008, the company donated to the city a 2,400-square-foot facility at 52 Sweden St. The company had been located in that space, but just before the donation had moved to a facility at 63 Sweden St.

The city then donated the old CCH building to Virtual Managed Solutions LLC, which troubleshoots and repairs computer and network problems.

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