Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam made things official today when he announced that ServiceMaster is moving its global headquarters from East Memphis to Peabody Place in downtown Memphis. The move means approximately 1,200 employees will occupy the renovated former mall by the end of 2017.
"I'm a former mayor, I believe in cities," Gov. Haslam said. "Cities are the heartbeat of what happens. [Memphis] is a city that, I think has, not just an incredible past with creativity coming out of its pores. But an incredible future."
Haslam then introduced ServiceMaster CEO Rob Gillette who said he was, "Thrilled to be joining the downtown business community," and excited about plans to create a new technology and innovation center in the new Peabody Place location.
ServiceMaster moved its headquarters from Downer's Grove, Ill. to East Memphis in 2007. Earlier this year the residential and commercial service provider relaunched its corporate brand and was named one of the world's most admired companies by Fortune magazine.