Downtown Covington Building to Have New Life as Home to Growing Business
This story has been updated to note that the sale of the building has not been completed, and that H. Johnson only operates out of one location and while its storage operations will be moved off site, the offices, moving trucks, and records management business will remain at its current site, pending sale of the building.
A sprawling historic building in downtown Covington is about to have a new life.
The home of H. Johnson Moving & Storage will soon be home to Road ID, too, a growing small business that will bring more than 40 employees downtown, and hopes to grow beyond that in the coming years.
"What's going on here in the City of Covington is very exciting for Road ID," company co-founder Edward Wimmer told the city commission last week, as his company was granted an incentive package. "At Road ID, we like to say our purpose is to save lives and provide peace of mind."
The company creates personalized identification accessories for pedestrians, runners, cyclists, and others who may need contact information provided to emergency responders in case of an accident. Wimmer said that the company started as he lay in a ditch after nearly being hit by a truck while training for a marathon.
The company was awarded an incentive by the state which the City of Covington agreed to match, which is a 1 percent payroll tax rate. There are 42 employees currently and the company hopes to add 30 more.
On Monday, the city's urban design review board approved plans for Road ID to raze more recent additions to the circa 1900 building that currently houses H. Johnson. The larger building, which dates back nearly 120 years, will remain intact, though it will have updated windows. Architect Jim Guthrie, of Hub + Weber, said that the project will have an industrial feel inside.