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Technology firm moves HQ to former Merck building

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Inside the breakroom at SICOM’s new headquarters in Lansdale.
Inside the breakroom at SICOM’s new headquarters in Lansdale. - (Photo / )

SICOM Systems, a technology firm that provides solutions for quick service and fast casual restaurants, said it moved its corporate headquarters to accommodate its rapid growth.

The company moved from the Doylestown area, where it occupied 40,000 square feet of space, to the former Merck building in Lansdale, where it has more than 100,000 square feet and room to grow, said Jere Richardson, senior vice president of sales and marketing for SICOM.

It new office space, home to about 400 employees, is at 1684 S. Broad St., Suite 300, Lansdale.

The company is positioning itself for continued growth.

“We outgrew our space and needed to expand for operations, sales and marketing. …” Richardson said. “We are adding a significant amount of developers.”

These positions would be well-paying jobs that would benefit the community, he said. A call center inside the new headquarters has 150 employees, he added.

Richardson said the company did not want to move too far from its employee base, and the close proximity to attracting potential employees from Philadelphia was another reason for choosing Lansdale.

“We wanted to find a space that was accommodating, but also convenient,” he said.

The new space includes the customer experience center, where the company brings in customers from all over the world to learn about its products as well as a dedicated training facility and branded collaboration spaces.

The company offers end-to-end technologies and services for the quick-service restaurant market, mainly fast food establishments, and some fast casual restaurants, Richardson said.

The technology it provides includes everything from point-of-sale systems to digital menu boards and the hardware and software for making those companies profitable, giving them the ability to streamline operations for customers.

SICOM’s POS systems are in more than 6,500 restaurants worldwide and it has more than 10,000 restaurants leveraging its enterprise management systems globally.

Meanwhile, the building SICOM once occupied is on the market, said Robert Cormack, executive director of the Bucks County Economic Development Corp. The 40,000-square-foot building on Burnt House Hill Road in Buckingham Township includes warehouse shop space as well as office space, he said. The building also has solar panels on the roof, he added.

The 7.3-acre site is in an industrial zone, he said.

“The building space in that 20,000-to-35,000-square foot range is a high priority in the county,” Cormack said.

He said there should be some activity at the site with a tenant occupying the building in about six months.

His organization usually learns the name of the potential client is when it comes looking for financing, he added.

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Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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