J.J. Swartz Co., a residential and commercial contractor based out of Decatur, has opened an office in Springfield at 3901 Wood Duck Dr. Owner Brad Swartz is the fourth generation of the family-owned business, which started in 1921.

The company, which has built many new homes in the Decatur area over the years, has increasingly focused on remodeling work, including insurance restoration. J.J. Swartz offers 24-hour emergency service and worked extensively in Taylorville following the tornadoes last December.

Paula Elliott, chief financial officer for J.J. Swartz, said Springfield was a logical area for expansion. “We’ve always done some work in Springfield, and after researching different markets, including Champaign-Urbana and Bloomington, we thought it would be the best fit for us.”

She said the primary focus in Springfield will be on remodeling, rather than restoration. “We do bathroom, kitchen and whole house remodels. We felt like there’s a niche in Springfield that needs to be filled.”

Elliot is also serving as the branch manager for the Springfield location and said the company has also hired two new salespeople and two job site foremen to cover the Springfield area.