ASHLAND — Plexis Healthcare Systems, the successful maker of software for medical insurance claims processing, will leave its historic concrete building at Oak and A streets in Ashland and move with 100 employees to larger quarters in Medford’s now-vacant Motorcycle USA building on Chevy Way.
Plexis owner and CEO Jorge Yant of Ashland started his company in 1996. In 2007, he moved into the old Oak Street Tank & Steel building, then called the A Street Marketplace, displacing Cosmic Pizza, Oregon Stage Works and Music Coop, now on East Main Street.
The move to Medford will create less commuting, because most employees — software developers, analysts, implementation specialists and marketing people — are scattered around the Rogue Valley, not concentrated in Ashland, said Aly Hollewijn, Plexis director of administration and community outreach.
“It reduces the commute for a huge percentage of employees,” she says. The new location is located off Biddle Road near the Medford airport.
Plexis will move into its 40,000-square-foot Medford quarters in a few weeks. Yant will retain ownership of the present Ashland headquarters, but its future use is “up in the air,” says Hollewijn.
Some options being looked at include a healing arts center or a “small business opportunity,” though she acknowledged that, because of its out-of-the-way location, “retail has struggled in the past here. However, the economy has changed since then.”
Yant wants the old Oak Street building to be put to a use that is “right for the city and him as the owner, while staying within our vision of helping the community,” she says.
Plexis also leases the Hardwired building a block east on A Street and will continue to house part of its operations there, until the lease expires, she notes.
The two buildings on A Street total 30,000 square feet, she says.
Motorcycle USA moved to Texas in 2015.
— John Darling is a freelance writer living in Ashland. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.