Chico startup success story Build.com continues to grow. The company is currently one of Chico's largest private employers and on Tuesday, some seventy workers started their day at the new facility on East 20th street.
The company will keep its headquarters on Otterson drive, which will continue to house roughly 600 Build.com employees.
The new office building is located just next to Meriam Park, a technology, commercial and residential project that's being developed at Bruce Road and East 20th street.
Action News Now reporter Stephanie Lin spoke with Dan Davis, Build.com's VP of Technology who says he's proud to grow the company out of Chico, contrary to popular opinion that Silicon Valley might be a better choice.
"People say, 'it must be hard to recruit,'" Davis shares, "but it's not too hard when people realize what Chico has to offer, and that a company like Build.com is here. It doesn't matter where you're located if you don't have a company culture people can get excited about every day."
Davis also added that Chico State University and Butte College, along with families moving away from the high cost of living in the Bay Area, fortified the recruiting pipeline. Build.com is opening a new East Coast facility in Atlanta and has a number of open positions in different departments, ranging from sales to software development, to finance.
Build.com was founded in 2000 as a project for a Chico State University class, with just 12 employees. It was acquired for $35 million dollars just seven years later. Business analysts suggest that Build.com could have been Chico's first tech unicorn - in other words, a company worth a billion dollars or more - if they had chosen not to sell.