Tech firm expands in Kokomo and Carmel, plans to add 400 new jobs

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KOKOMO (June 30, 2014) – A California company announced a major expansion Monday that would bring up to 400 new high-wage jobs to Kokomo and Carmel.

Systems in Motion, LLC, will invest $5.4 million to lease, renovate and equip its Indiana delivery centers. The expansion includes leasing up to 25,000 additional square feet of office space in Kokomo’s Firestone Building and adding about 15,000 square feet to its Carmel office. Renovations are expected to be completed by December 2016.

The Newark, California-based company is an enterprise technology consulting firm. It acquired Indiana firm Zuna Infotech earlier in 2014.

Systems in Motion will begin hiring for software development and testing and support positions next month. The company said 240 of the new jobs would be in Kokomo while the other 160 would be at the Carmel location. Interested applicants can go to the company’s website for more information.

Gov. Mike Pence joined officials from Systems in Motion and Kokomo for Monday’s announcement. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered up to $5.6 million in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans.

“Systems in Motion is proving that high tech is in high gear here in the Hoosier State,” said Gov. Pence.

Company officials say they’re trying to create a new ‘technology economy’ in cities across America.

“We have to do that in what we call tier two cities,” said executive vice president Stephanie Moore. “Not Manhattan or Los Angeles, but cities where the cost of living is a little bit less, but there are still strong education systems (and) some big companies around so we can create a supply base.”

“Obviously we’re very excited,” said Mayor Greg Goodnight, D-Kokomo. “Anytime we can bring jobs to our city, especially help diversify our economy with these type of high-tech jobs, it’s good news for us and it’s really good news for this part of the state.”

“This is good news for Carmel because it means more high-tech jobs and more executive level jobs in the city of Carmel,” said Mayor Jim Brainard, R-Carmel.

“To see a company like this, a high tech firm, decide to grow and expand here in Kokomo and Carmel is a great affirmation to this community’s vision and to our state’s vision to really grow in the high-tech sector,” said Pence.