Springfield News-Sun - April 08, 2019
Code Blue, a water mitigation firm in downtown Springfield, is looking to bring more than 150 jobs to the city.
Code Blue founder Paul Gross said the company is already in the process of hiring its first 70 employees. Jobs include water mitigation representatives, content pricers, administration, call center representatives and information technology workers.
Code Blue wants to fill positions as quickly as possible, Gross said. The company will provide in-house training for all positions. “We want to move as fast as we can — fast but not too fast that we can’t get the people acclimated if we are providing training and teaching them a new job. We want to make sure that they succeed in that job. If you hired 170 all in one day, you’d do a really bad job at getting them acclimated,” Gross said.
The job additions are a result of transformations the company has undergone since Gross and CEO Dan Wilson purchased the company Feb. 22 last year, Gross said.Gross and Wilson acquired the majority share in parent company Insurance Claims Management Inc. as part of an investor group that acquired all the equity and assets of the company in a cash deal last year.
Since then, the company has introduced new products, promoting from within and bringing outside talent, Gross said.
With the addition of the new jobs, Code Blue will have about 350 employees, Gross said. That will make it one of the largest downtown employers, according to Springfield City Manager Bryan Heck.
“They’ve been a big part of the downtown revitalization in our community as it is not only located in Springfield, but they’ve located in a historic building in our downtown, right on our core block,” Heck said. “The addition of these jobs is a big win for our community and shows the continued momentum that we have building in our community.”