Columbia Safety & Industrial Supply will host a grand opening of its new multi-million dollar showroom and retail store, located at 1801 Westfall Dr., in Columbia, Mo., October 11 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The 26,000-square-foot facility hopes to accommodate the growth of Columbia Safety, which has more than doubled in size each of the past three years. The Columbia-based company also distributes a variety of safety and work performance gear nationally through the active use of Internet sales and social media.

The new facility is expected to be a net-zero energy building by the end of 2013, with the addition of a 35-kilowatt solar panel system. Recent technological innovations include GPS-powered sun tracking skylights that utilize special mirrors to reflect and provide natural light each day. Columbia Water and Light granted a rebate to Columbia Safety in order to reduce electrical usage in the new facility.

The facility includes a showroom, learning center, call center, a photography and video production studio and a national distribution warehouse.

“We have always been proud to call Columbia our home,” says founder Beau Aero. “The culture of our company is a great fit for Columbia.”

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce will perform a ribbon cutting at the grand opening at 4:30 p.m. October 11. The event is open to the public and will feature more than $10,000 in prizes, food and drink and live music from Chump Change.

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