Software company to relocate

When I Work to double local workforce in new location

By Kevyn Burger

When the Ford Center opened in 1914 in what is now called the North Loop, it was an auto factory where an eventual 600 workers built Model T automobiles. Operated as a vertical assembly plant, the innovative space included a first floor showroom for selling the completed coupes.

A century later, the 10-story pressed red brick building adjacent to Target Field is a rehabbed office building, and will now become home to another innovative business.

On Friday, When I Work announced that in October, it will relocate to 28,000 square feet of space on the fifth floor of the historic Ford Center as the company prepares for a major expansion.

Founded in Minnesota in 2010, When I Work allows employers to use its platform to schedule, track time and communicate with hourly employees. It currently serves some 50,000 companies in 50 countries.

Currently located in the Drake Building in St. Paul, the company employs 110. A hiring blitz will accompany the move to Minneapolis; When I Work will add an additional 100 employees in the next 18 months.   

“As a company, we’re thrilled about our upcoming move,” said Chad Halvorson, CEO of When I Work in a prepared release. “The space will enable us to continue scaling our teams and building products that make work and life better for business owners, managers, and hourly employees everywhere.”

Since 1989, the Ford Center has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Current anchor tenants in the building are HGA Architects and Engineers, and Olson, a creative agency.

Read more about When I Work here.