Emery Sapp and Sons gets larger office space

Emery Sapp and Sons is moving down the road to an old furniture store, doubling the size of its Columbia headquarters as the general contractor continues to expand.

Lowell Patterson, the company’s director of government relations, said the general contractor outgrew its current offices at 2602 N. Stadium Blvd., and it should be moved into its new headquarters at 2301 I-70 Drive N.W. by the end of the year. “It’s a good problem to have, needing more space,” Patterson said.

Emery Sapp and Sons, led by President Billy Sapp, is known for road, bridge and site preparation construction, and many, if not most, big infrastructure projects in the area have the company’s fingerprints on them.

Little Dixie Construction is the general contractor on the vacant building that housed Blattner Home Furnishings until 2009, when John Blattner decided big box stores and the recession meant it was time for the Mid-Missouri company to call it quits. The new headquarters will feature 20,000 square feet of office space and another 10,000 square feet of warehouse space. That’s about twice the size of its current office, Patterson said.

In February, the company acquired Swift Construction of Joplin, giving it in-house asphalt paving capabilities, a duty it had always contracted out. It has several regional offices, including one that’s relatively new in Springfield, and Patterson has said the company is looking to expand into Kansas, Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.

“Been about a year since we did our new office in Springfield, and we’re expanding our office in Kansas City too,” Patterson said. “It’s just a growth period.”

Emery Sapp and Sons’ current offices on Stadium are owned by Con-Agg of MO LLC, which operates Boone Quarries, Columbia Ready Mix and underground storage company Subtera. Sapp sold Con-Agg to Summit Materials in 2010. The Con-Agg owners “need more space, too,” Patterson said, so there wasn’t room for Emery Sapp and Sons to expand in is current offices.

The building the company is moving into was owned by Milo H. Walz Inc., the namesake of the furniture store that occupied it until Blattner purchased the business in 1997. Building plans submitted to the city of Columbia say Boone Development Inc., another Sapp-owned company and the owner of much of the land yet to be built on in Old Hawthorne, is the “contract purchaser” of the building.

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