Highmark Up And Running on the Hill

The new Highmark office is up and running at its new 20,000-square-foot location at The Highlands.

The health insurance company moved from its Center Wheeling building at 20th and Chapline streets in November because its lease was expiring. The company also was enticed by what Fred Earley, president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia, described as a new ”start-of-the-art space.”

”The transition was smooth. We started operating the first day without any interruption,” Earley said.

The new office is situated in the Town Center section of the development. Its neighbors include the AT&T Call Center and Sears Hometown Store. Before moving to The Highlands, Highmark also looked at other spaces in downtown Wheeling for rent.

Between 100 and 110 people work at the new office. And 30 additional Wheeling employees continue to work from home. Earley said no additional employees are being hired at this time.

That section of the development includes a variety of retail and office space – from Howard’s Diamond Center to Nini’s Treasures to the West Liberty University Highlands Center and Technology Services Group. One of the first office tenants at the Town Center was the AT&T call center, which opened in 2008.

A real estate company, Jones Lang LaSalle, helped Highmark secure the space. Highmark’s rental agreement was approved July 18 by the Ohio County Development Authority, the Ohio County Commission’s development arm.