SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Haylor, Freyer & Coon, a Top 100 independently owned insurance agency, is moving its headquarters to downtown Syracuse. All 130 local employees are expected to move from Salina Meadows Office Park off Buckley Road to One Park Place in late spring or early summer 2019, making it the largest corporate move into downtown Syracuse since 2016, according to the City of Syracuse.
“When looking at our options, the most important thing to our company was staying in Syracuse,” said Jim Freyer, CEO. “One Park Place and the surrounding area have seen tremendous investment and revitalization in recent years. We are excited to move to an area that will allow us to build upon our company culture and help us recruit and retain top talent as we continue our independent, employee-owned history.”
The company decided to move downtown for additional space, increased visibility in the market and a more centralized, vibrant location. It also brings the agency closer to other professional service organizations and many local nonprofit organizations that the company supports through days of service and other charitable activities.
“As we celebrate our 90th anniversary this year, we are looking forward to the next 90 years with our talented workforce of today and tomorrow, and with a headquarters that can position us for a strong future,” said Freyer.
“Haylor, Freyer & Coon has a long history as active, engaged supporters of the Syracuse community,” said Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh. “We are excited to include them among a growing list of organizations realizing the benefit of downtown for their business and their employees. I’m honored to be among the first to welcome them back to the city.”
Haylor, Freyer & Coon has secured exterior lighting naming rights to the building on all four sides.
The building is owned by Zamir Equities and its founder, Asher Zamir, an investor from New York City, who purchased One Lincoln Center at 110 W. Fayette St. and One Park Place at 300 S. State St. in May 2017. At One Park Place, the owner has completely remodeled the lobby entrance and installed high-speed elevators with new interior cabs. There are plans to begin construction in the lower level on a 4,000-square-foot workout facility and locker rooms that will stay open 24/7 for building tenants. Additional plans include a new 1,500-square-foot shared meeting room for over 100 people, a restaurant remodel and a lower-level lounge featuring a large-screen television, games and a comfortable seating area for building employees to relax during lunchtime or breaks. The building owner is installing exterior high-performance Lumenpulse LED lighting with dynamic color-chasing capabilities that will light up the Syracuse skyline.
Haylor, Freyer & Coon will occupy nearly 40,000 square feet on the top two floors of the building and is working with the building owner, Dalpos Architects and King & King Architects to create an office design that meets the current and future working needs of its team. A modern environment will feature new furniture, work stations and desks that can rise to stand-up height, more natural light, a cafeteria area, a training area and an internal stairway between the ninth and 10th floors. The office will also include collaborative spaces and informal team-building areas.
The company will pay employee parking fees under the terms of the lease.
Haylor, Freyer & Coon’s new office will be located across from Firefighter’s Memorial Park, which takes the company back to its origins. In the early 1920s, founder Barney Haylor’s father, a district chief in the Syracuse Fire Department, died as a result of smoke inhalation in a fire. Barney Haylor was a young insurance salesman at the time, and his father’s fellow chiefs wanted to help him along in his career. The chiefs allowed him to ride around to the firehouses with them in order to write personal insurance for the firemen. This base of clientele helped set the foundation for the formation of the McLusky & Haylor partnership in September 1928, which later became Haylor, Freyer & Coon.
The company has been located on Salina Meadows Parkway since 1989 and was previously at 750 James St. in Syracuse beginning in 1979, 429 James St. starting in the mid-1950s and the University Building at 120 E. Washington St. in downtown Syracuse beginning in 1947.
Additional offices are located in Johnson City, Ithaca, Watertown, Rochester and Schenectady.
“On behalf of Zamir Equities, LLC we are very delighted to announce that HF&C has made the strategic decision to relocate their headquarters at One Park Place,” said Asher Zamir, president and CEO of Zamir Equities. “With the recent intensive capital program at One Park Place, this first-class office building is truly the most vibrant work space in CNY. We look forward to the tenancy of HF&C and creating a long, fruitful business relationship for many years. With the recent signing of the New York State Attorney General’s offices, the new ownership of One Park Place has proven that it is committed to serving our tenants and thrives on providing them a Class A building, with the highest level of amenities and services. The vast and comprehensive recent improvements at One Park Place have shown our commitment as these projects have transformed and re-energized One Park Place into a showcase office building in downtown Syracuse.”
About Haylor, Freyer & Coon: Haylor, Freyer & Coon Inc. (HF&C) is an employee-owned company with 185 employee owners servicing our diverse client base. For over 10 years, HF&C has been ranked as a Top 100 independently owned insurance agency in the United States with a reputation as a proven leader. HF&C is licensed to operate in all 50 states. Product and service capabilities are national and international in scope, servicing a customer base that has both multi-state and international exposures. HF&C is a proud partner of Assurex Global. Collectively, this network of over 600 offices in more than 80 countries, on six continents, allows HF&C to have local representation throughout the world to meet the demands of our clients’ foreign operations and travel. In addition, the Assurex partnership allows us access to specialists in all business segments and coverage areas.