In September, a Quakertown technology firm with divisions in two locations plans to move all employees under one roof by relocating to a 60,000-square-foot former textile facility in the borough.
“It is about collaboration because the two divisions sort of have been disconnected for a while,” said Kristen Tomasic, vice president of the engineering design solutions division at Synergis Technologies. “What we are trying to do is foster family spirit and unity.
“Frankly, we have outgrown our current space, and this will be a much better work environment.”
Founded in 1985, Synergis Technologies has an engineering design division and a software division. Engineering design provides software and services to a wide range of business professionals, including architects, engineering companies and civil design firms.
The software division is the developer of Adept engineering data and document management solutions primarily used in the manufacturing industry.
Tomasic said that the engineering design division has clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region while the software division has clients around the globe.
She said the company’s Adept software is tightly integrated with popular programs such as AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, MicroStation and Microsoft Office.
With the software, “we simplify the way companies find, manage, share and control engineering and business documents across their enterprise,” Tomasic said. “The engineering division also buys Autodesk products and resells them.”
The company was created by long-time Quakertown residents David Sharp, Janet Kiehart and Bill Stamp. Today, it is a privately-owned, multimillion dollar company that employs 108 people and has two Quakertown locations, at California Road and at Kelly Road. The company will consolidate its business at a facility at 18 S. Fifth St. in Quakertown.
Synergis’ future home is going through extensive renovations. The building is owned by a Synergis client, Collegeville-based Gorski Engineering. Another Synergis client, Re:Vision Architecture of Philadelphia, is incorporating green architecture to give the facility a more natural appearance.
Many staffers have been with the company for at least 10 years.
“It is not only the longevity of our stakeholders’ tenure, but the common bond we all share of openness, trust, creativity and passion,” said Sharp, the president and CEO. “Our integrity, loyalty and compassion give us the ability to build deep, long-term relationships with our clients, our people, their families and our communities.”
About 90 percent of Synergis employees rank the company highest in the area of “connection” and agreed that they felt “genuinely appreciated at the company” and “part of something meaningful.”
Harry Geiger is a manager at Kingsbury Inc., a designer and manufacturer of special tilt-pad bearings for rotating machinery. The Philadelphia-based company performed its daily operations with paper job tickets and packets of paper that gave 3D drawings and pictures.
Kingsbury hired Synergis to provide solutions for data management, and Synergis introduced its manufacturing client to Autodesk Vault, a software program that allowed Kingsbury to go paperless at several of its facilities, save time and promote efficiency.
Tomasic said Synergis, which develops solutions for its clients, will streamline its own operations when it establishes new headquarters.
“New product introduction is soon to come, and we are working on new software,” she said. “We have an update to a product we offer that will drive business and growth.”