Indianapolis – Two technology companies, Brite Systems and Site Strategics, announced plans today to expand their operations here, together creating up to 77 new high-wage jobs over the next few years and continuing a trend of tech growth in Indiana.
“Indiana has built one of the strongest environments in the nation for job creation, which is supporting today’s exciting growth in the tech industry,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Compared to other tech hubs around the country, Indiana provides an affordable, fiscally-predictable and limited-regulation business climate. Innovators, entrepreneurs and job creators like Brite Systems and Site Strategics continue to choose Indiana for growth, helping our state create more than 147,000 new Hoosier jobs in just the last three and half years.”
Brite Systems, an information technology (IT) services company specializing in consulting and software development, will invest $128,000 to grow its employee base and its office at 101 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. Founded in 2006, the minority-owned business works to resolve client issues, which range from small business IT needs to large institutions that operate many software applications. Brite Systems’ expansion plans will allow the company to meet the demands of its growing number of clients throughout the nation.
“We are thrilled to be part of this thriving and vibrant community of Indianapolis and proud to call ourselves a homegrown Hoosier company,” said Jay Fernando, chief executive officer of Brite Systems. “The state of Indiana’s world-class universities and knowledge base fulfills our ever-growing need to hire and retain top-notch technology professionals. Our future expansion plans will always be centered right here in central Indiana.”
Brite Systems currently employs 34 Hoosiers. As part of its rapid growth, the company plans to create up to 52 new jobs by 2021, with positions expected to pay more than 50 percent higher than the state average wage. The company plans to begin hiring this month, adding positions in sales, marketing, project management, software architecture, software development and business analytics. Interested applications may apply by emailing resumes to email@example.com.
Site Strategics, a digital marketing services company, will invest $544,000 to lease a new 5,400-square-foot headquarters facility at 1317 N. Pennsylvania St. in Indianapolis. With construction scheduled to be complete later this month, Site Strategics has outgrown its current 1,900-square-foot facility in Southport, which opened in 2009 following five years at an office in Zionsville. The new space will be optimized for team collaboration and creativity, as well as facilities to host clients and business partners. Additionally, the company’s office will feature a state-of-the-art podcasting facility for its Edge of the Web podcast, a four-year-old program discussing digital marketing tactics and interviews with national marketing leaders. Site Strategics currently serves more than 35 clients across the country, adding 10 within the last six months, and is generating 45 percent growth on average each quarter.
“This is an exciting time. We’ve honed a good engine here, and we know what works,” said Erin Sparks, owner of Site Strategics. “I’m delighted that we can grow this business here in Indiana where cooperation between the business sector, our government and the nonprofit community is so healthy.”
Site Strategics currently employs 10 Hoosiers. As part of its projected growth, the company plans to create up to 25 new jobs by 2020 with average wages expected to be nearly 40 percent higher than the state average wage. Site Strategics is currently hiring for web and business development positions. Interested applicants may apply online at www.sitestrategics.com/jobs.
According to real estate firm CBRE Research, the Indianapolis area added more than 3,000 high-tech jobs from 2012 to 2014, growing at a rate of 18 percent and exceeding the national average of 5.7 percent. That job creation continues with growth at Brite Systems and Site Strategics, as well as news in May that Salesforce, one of the world’s fastest growing software companies, is adding an additional 800 new Hoosier jobs in the coming years. Just last month technology companies Torchlite, Determine and Sigstr each announced that they’re growing in central Indiana, together adding an additional 275 new jobs for Hoosiers.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Brite Systems Inc. up to $565,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s creation plans. In addition, Site Strategics was offered up to $230,000 in conditional tax credits based on its creation plans. These incentives are performance based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Indianapolis supports expansion plans for Brite Systems and Site Strategics in partnership with Develop Indy, a business unit of the Indy Chamber.