Recently, I had the privilege to visit NOCTI facilities and chat with the staff in Big Rapids, Michigan. Some people might think a tour of an office building not to be an exciting experience, but I must say it was very informative, helping me realize just how successful NOCTI has become and how proud I am to be the board chairman for the next two years.
Success of any business is measured in many ways. One of them is the need to hire additional staff, resulting in the need for additional space to house that staff. In the history of NOCTI, especially over the last ten years, this has happened on a number of occasions.
The original NOCTI facility in Big Rapids, MI, was purchased in 1995. Just prior to that time the building was home to a wine store. When NOCTI purchased the 2,000 square foot building, it was sufficient at the time; however, as NOCTI grew, so did the staff. Printing operations were brought in-house, NOCTI expanded the use of technology, and Nocti Business Solutions began operation. Soon, this building was just not large enough.
In order to accommodate the growing staff, it was determined to expand the original building. A 4,000 square foot addition was planned, designed, and built to increase the size of the existing facility. This addition was seamless. Transitioning from the original building to the new is almost undetectable. The additional space was certainly welcomed by the employees, helped to eliminate over-crowding, and added some space for growth. NOCTI continued to grow and before long, another addition was needed.
So, in 2016, the NOCTI Board of Trustees approved the construction of another 4,000 square foot addition. The new addition is currently under construction and includes another 2,000 square feet of storage space, located in the basement. This expansion will provide NOCTI with not only much needed staff space, but larger meeting rooms and a large meeting/classroom space. This space will again allow NOCTI and NBS staff to continue their own professional development in an onsite space. Ultimately, this professional development benefits all of our CTE customers and clients. When this expansion project is completed, NOCTI will have grown from a small 2,000 square foot building to well over 15,000 square feet of operations and storage facilities. I would say that is a good indication of success.
While touring the facilities and observing firsthand the results of NOCTI's growth, I had the opportunity to visit with staff members from each division, and a few of the contractors working on the new addition. While the expansion of the building was important to note, it was the interaction with staff that most impressed me during my visit. Sitting in on the management team meeting and observing their enthusiasm as they resolve issues, discuss on-going projects and brainstorm future plans, provided me with a clearer understanding of the collaboration necessary to provide customers with the best service possible. The employees “know their stuff” and are dedicated to producing quality products and services. While success of any business might be measured by expansion of the facilities, an obvious outward sign of that expansion is an outgrowth of a hardworking, determined group of people, the staff of NOCTI and NBS!
On behalf of the board and the national consortium of states that they represent, I want to thank the NOCTI team for their ongoing efforts, and for their dedication to providing the CTE community with the tools they need to help students' success nationwide.
Chairman, NOCTI Board of Trustees