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This company is now the largest office tenant at Liberty Center. Here’s what it does.

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Amstan Logistics office now operating at Liberty Center

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A company started in Hamilton in the 1970s recently moved its corporate headquarters to Liberty Twp. to enable expansion efforts.

Amstan Logistics, which develops and provides systems and solutions to transportation needs, has leased 13,075 square feet of space at $350 million mixed-use complex Liberty Center. It now takes up the largest amount of space by a single tenant at the facility.

“Over the past year we have grown in sales by over 50 percent,” said Ron Grosso, the company’s general manager. “The location of Liberty Center is instrumental in us continuing to grow.

“We needed a work space that was designed around collaboration to support the needs of our customers, the ability to come into an open space with no constraints other than four walls was an incredible opportunity.”

Amstan Logistics has 60 employees in the new space on the third floor of Building B, which was designed to accommodate 96 employees.

The move to Liberty Twp. was meant to help plan for the company’s future, Grosso said.

Amstan Logistics recently moved its headquarters to Liberty Center. The company, a leading third-party logistics/freight management company, relocated their corporate headquarters to accommodate the growth of their business and attract top talent. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Amstan Logistics recently moved its headquarters to Liberty Center. The company, a leading third-party logistics/freight management company, relocated their corporate headquarters to accommodate the growth of their business and attract top talent. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

“We wanted to be in a more centralized location to attract more talent,” he said. “Amstan grew substantially over the past year and we knew that being located in Hamilton would constrain our ability to hire personnel to fit our growth plans. Being located right off I-75 virtually between Cincinnati and Dayton is an ideal location to attract the employees we need.”

The Butler County company also has six sales personnel at field locations: two in the greater Cincinnati area and one each in the cities of Houston, Texas; St. Louis, Missouri; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Amstan’s roots date to 1964, when American Standard started a private truck operation. Amstan came into existence as a regulated motor carrier in 1974 and, over the years, has evolved from a motor carrier to a full service logistics company, Grosso said.

Amstan’s operation has three groups serving three types of customers, he said.

“In Hamilton, these three groups were spread over two floors,” Grosso said. “By locating on one floor at Liberty Center, we were able to implement a concept we call ‘One Amstan,’ which means that all expertise in a particular area, such as rail or freight brokerage, can be located in one area and provide service to all 3 types of customers.”

Mark Bunting, president of Amstan, left, and Ron Grosso, general manager, stand in Amstan Logistics headquarters that recently moved to Liberty Center. The company, a leading third-party logistics/freight management company, relocated their corporate headquarters to accommodate the growth of their business and attract top talent. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Mark Bunting, president of Amstan, left, and Ron Grosso, general manager, stand in Amstan Logistics headquarters that recently moved to Liberty Center. The company, a leading third-party logistics/freight management company, relocated their corporate headquarters to accommodate the growth of their business and attract top talent. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

That, he said, is “much more efficient” than the previous location, where due to the two-floor configuration, the expertise had to be within each group to serve the customers’ needs.

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“The Liberty Center space, with minimal obstructions in the open space, allowed us to purchase collaborative workstations that are shaped like dog bones, which allows efficient communication between all members at one workstation,” he said. “In addition, the dog-bone configuration allows us to physically overlap workstations to improve communication between workstations.”

Asked about the immediate future for Amstan, Grosso said it is expected to involve “continued growth.”

In 2020, the company will be expanding its freight management service to address the needs to customers from an international perspective, as well as domestic one, he said.

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Daimler Group partnered with JLLM+A Architects and Fairfield-based JTF Construction to relocate Amstan Logistics.

JLL recently signed a slew of new tenants to the building, which continues to lease space on the second and fourth floors.

“JLL did a great job not only leasing the space but bringing in the right people to take our ideas and concepts and turn them into a reality,” Grosso said.