STAFFORD, TX-In an effort to save money and improve efficiencies, Emerson Process Management has brought all of its Houston offices together under one roof. The Emerson Electric Co. subsidiary has signed a long-term lease for 27,306 sf, more than doubling its presence in a class B office building at 12603 Southwest Freeway in Stafford.

“Over the years, Emerson has bought so many companies they inherited all these locations across Houston,” says Jon Silberman of NAI Houston, who represented Emerson along with Rachel Quintero. “Cost savings is the motivator for consolidation. You can have one receptionist instead of many; one IT person and one network.”

Silberman tells that it took nearly 18 months to get all of the geographically dispersed business units on the same page. “Space wasn’t hard to find, but getting all the companies to make a decision was a challenge,” he says.

Emerson will have roughly 15,000 sf on the first floor and the remaining space will be on the fourth floor. Merrill Lynch moved out of the first floor space about eight months ago, says Kurt Kistler, a leasing associate with RM Crowe Co. He and Crowe’s senior vice president Joel Dalak represented the building owner’s interests.

“To be able to nurture an existing tenant and help it grow, along with backfilling space–it’s a great thing for the building,” Kistler says. Built in 1981, the 142,083-sf building is 90% occupied with the Emerson expansion, which secured a building sign as part of the transaction. The rest of the team moves into the building in mid-December.

Kistler says the decision to consolidate to a Stafford building delivers “a Sugar Land presence without the price.” The building leases for $17 per sf to $18 per sf.

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