Company's growth mandates larger building

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Jim Leute
Sunday, June 15, 2014

JANESVILLE—When Brian Lippincott moved his computer consulting business to downtown Janesville in 2008, he had six employees.

Now, Crystal Computer Consulting has 22 employees shoehorned into about 5,200 square feet at 51 S. Jackson St.

“It's getting a little tight to say the least,” said Lippincott, who founded the business in 1990 and rented offices on Center Avenue before moving into the former Forward Janesville building.

To solve the problem, Lippincott is buying the 11,182-square-foot building that's now home to Agrace HospiceCare at 3001 W. Memorial Drive.

Agrace plans to move next month to its new facility at the intersection of Wright Road and Sandhill Drive.

Lippincott founded Crystal with the original mission to build customized business management and accounting packages for small to medium businesses. Soon after, the company expanded into the hardware and computer networking business, and since has focused on managing all aspects of its client's information technology needs.

“We're seeing more of our existing customers doing better, and we're also picking up new, larger customers that have decided to spend more on their IT,” Lippincott said. “There's a trend in our industry that has more companies deciding to outsource their IT.”

Lippincott said he expects to hire another six employees in the next year.

Kurt Egan of Coldwell Banker Commercial McGuire Mears & Associates in Janesville worked with Lippincott to find the new space that was first listed by Dave Mansur of davemansur.com Real Estate.

Egan said the building at 51 S. Jackson St. is on the market for $240,000.

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