St. Paul: Infor considers leaving downtown's Lawson Commons building [Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.]
(Saint Paul Pioneer Press (MN) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Jan. 16--Infor Inc., the New York software company that bought Lawson Software a year and a half ago, is looking for a smaller home for its 650 downtown St. Paul employees, the company said Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Infor's lease on its 260,000 square feet in the 13-story Lawson Commons building overlooking Rice Park on St. Peter Street is set to expire in mid-2015, and the company only needs roughly 130,000 square feet, Infor spokesman Dan Barnhardt said Tuesday, Jan. 15.
The company requires less space now because its workforce has become more mobile, working from home or on the road more often and coming into the office less, its officials have told city leaders.
Infor also requires less space to host customer visits to St. Paul because of its New York headquarters and its operations center in Alpharetta, Ga., where it conducts training, Barnhardt said.
Lawson, founded in 1975 by brothers Richard and Bill Lawson and colleague John Cerullo, makes business software for back-office operations, such as finance and accounting, human resources and supply chain management.
Infor bought Lawson for $2 billion in mid-2011, and the company's headcount at Lawson Commons has remained stable since then at around 650, Barnhardt said.
"We're committed to our Twin Cities-based employees and are exploring any options that fit the needs of the company and local employees," Barnhardt said.
The Lawson Commons building is owned by Behringer Harvard, a Texas-based real estate company,
and managed by Frauenshuh Commercial Real Estate Group.
Leslie Brooks Suzukamo can be reached at 651-228-5475. Follow him at twitter.com/suzukamo.
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