OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Online brokerage TD Ameritrade celebrated its new $250 million headquarters building in Omaha Wednesday that's making it easier for employees to collaborate and keeping the company's energy bills manageable.
More than 1,300 Ameritrade workers moved into the 12-story tower in west Omaha earlier this year. Previously, they were spread among four different Omaha locations. The company also uses three buildings surrounding its new tower.
The office complex makes it easier for Ameritrade employees to work together on projects and company officials said it will be easier to provide training.
Gov. Dave Heineman and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert both praised Ameritrade Wednesday for keeping its headquarters in Nebraska and working to protect the environment.
"The headquarters is one more symbol of TD Ameritrade's commitment to our community," Stothert said.
The company also paid to put its name on the 24,000-seat baseball stadium that's home to the College World Series.
Ameritrade has grown into a leading discount brokerage nationally, but it has its roots in the small First Omaha Securities retail brokerage that Joe Ricketts helped found in 1975. That retail brokerage was one of the first to handle equity trades without providing investment advice.
Heineman said he's glad Ameritrade never decided to move the company closer to Wall Street just because it is in the business of handling stock trades.
The new building complex is designed to meet stringent standards for energy efficiency. So it is expected to use half as much energy as buildings of similar size and age.
The building features a fitness center, cafeteria, training classrooms, green space and a recreation area with video games and foosball tables for employees.
TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.: www.amtd.com
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