A year ago, Quintec Integration Inc. opened its new headquarters, bringing a bit of Silicon Valley-type atmosphere to the Milwaukee area. “This reminds me of a mini-Google,” said James Deppoleto, founder and president of Quintec, of the new headquarters. The 20,000-square-foot complex, located west of Milwaukee in Waukesha, is designed with the employees in mind. It features 20-foot ceilings, swings, massage chairs, glass doors in the offices and ergonomic workspaces, a 2,000-square-foot workout facility, and a half-court basketball hoop. There is a full-service kitchen for employees and a cafe where Deppoleto said someone usually “tries to get the popcorn” going by 11 a.m.
The result has been a good one, according to Deppoleto. “Pretty much whoever walks through the door is blown away. Young engineers have turned away bigger companies to work for us,” Deppoleto said. There was a culture shock for some of the longer-term employees after the relocation. “We went from a shoebox environment where we would work and had blank walls,” he said.
Quintec, which was formed 20 years ago, is a full-service conveyor and material handling integrator. The business provides engineering, project management, installation, and support “for any project that involves a conveyor,” the business website says. Quintec specializes in turnkey solutions, expansions and modifications, system optimization, system optimization, system upgrades, and modernization, accessories and add-ons, updates for safety and spec changes, and more, according to the company. When Deppoleto was looking to build out to accommodate the growing business, he started thinking about the psychology of the work environment. “My mood would pick up when callers’ colors were lighter,” he said. While Deppoleto had an appreciation for the “man cave industrial feel” he also felt that such designs were not particularly upbeat. He found many workers responded to lighter colors and so sought to create a new space with a more modern feel.