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Sublimity headquarters goes on the sales block

Sublimity Insurance Company is selling its company headquarters in Submility as the firm adapts to changes in remote and hybrid working treds, with plans to relocate nearby.

The 2.25-acre property, at 100 SW Sublimity Blvd., went on the market Nov. 1 with an estimated real market value of $1.9 million.

Vice President of Marketing Mike Joy said, with such deep roots in the local community, the company hopes to find a new location within the Sublimity area, and plans to move no further away than Salem.

“We’re just moving down the road, so we’re not leaving,” said Joy. “…We want to stay as local as we possibly can.”

He said, as remote working became more common during the COVID-19 pandemic, only a handful of employees still used the office, and it became practical to find a smaller building. He said this is a dramatic shift from before the pandemic when the company was actually outgrowing the office.

“Five years ago, we had architectural plans and we were going to build a new campus because we were running out of room,” said Joy. “…Bigger is no longer better because the whole world is not that way anymore.”

Sublimity Insurance Company was founded in 1896 as Farmers Fire Relief Association, a mutual firm serving local farmers. For seven decades it operated out of the Hottinger family farmhouse until moving to its current location in 1967, which includes an 11,000-square-foot low-rise office building.

Joy said the age of the building was another reason to sell. Though they have made improvements over time, they still needed certain upgrades to meet modern accessibility standards and those improvements were not warranted if they were not using the entire building.

Joy added, even though fewer employees are using the office, this does not mean the company has had to let people go.

“In fact we’re hiring, we’re not firing, not downsizing or anything,” he said. 

“…Many of our agents are excited about us getting into a more modern place that will help us be much more efficient.”

Joy said the company estimates it will take one or two years to sell the building, and during that time they will develop plans for a new location. He said they are open to all options at this time, from building their own facility to moving into an existing office space.

Joy said, once plans are finalized, the company will make announcements through the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. He said the company values its ties to the chamber and the community as a whole and looks forward to sustaining those relationships after the move.

“We’re not going anywhere, we plan to be around for another 125 years,” he said.

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