RENO, Nev. (March 12, 2015) –Koch Business Solutions, LP (KBS), a shared services company for subsidiaries of Koch Industries, Inc., announces a new satellite Applications Center soon to open in Reno, NV. The announcement was made at the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) Investors Luncheon held today at the Peppermill Resort Casino and Spa.
Koch is a privately-held company headquartered in Wichita, Kansas with a presence in 60 countries and employs more than 100,000 people worldwide, which includes approximately 60,000 employees in the United States. Koch companies are involved in refining, chemicals, grain processing and biofuels; forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; electronic components; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; commodity trading; minerals; energy; ranching; glass; and investments and holds 9,500 patents. They have invested close to $70 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures since 2003 to make life better around the world by efficiently converting resources into products and services that people depend on every day.
“Reno has a deep base of very talented IT professionals,” said Kevin Spiares, director, technology services for KBS. “As we look to provide support in the areas of applications development, cyber-security, global network architecture and various cloud, virtual and converged platforms, we need employees who will continue to help us solve problems and prepare us for future needs. That’s why Reno is the perfect place for us.”
“Reno is pioneering a future in advanced manufacturing, clean energy, and technology, and this announcement is further proof of that,” said Naomi Duerr, Reno City Council Member and representative of Ward 2, where the new satellite IT office will be located. “We’re quickly establishing a reputation as one of the West’s great tech hubs, and I and other City leaders are very supportive of that movement.”
“The selection of Reno as the location for the satellite Applications Center of Koch Business Solutions is an incredible validation of the growth of IT in the region,” said, Mike Kazmierski, CEO of EDAWN. “Koch is number two on Forbes’ list of America’s largest private companies, so to be selected by a company of this caliber just reinforces the latest success in the region following recent announcements by Switch, Tesla, Apple and others.”
The Reno location will primarily serve as a satellite office focused on providing Koch Industries IT capabilities in the areas of Applications (Development, Analytics, Support, Databases, etc.), Cyber-Security, Global Networks (Architecture, WAN, LAN, Voice, etc.), and Computer Platforms (Cloud, Virtual, Converged). The new facility will also serve as an innovation and creative space for meetings with strategic vendors and will allow the company to host discussions and brainstorming pertinent technology in support of the Northern Nevada IT community. The company plans to fill approximately 20 positions in the first year. To learn more about KBS hiring opportunities, go to www.KochReno.com.
Matt Grimes, Senior Associate with CBRE – Office Properties Group assisted KBS in the property transaction.
A group of investors and potential investors were guests at the EDAWN Luncheon where Kevin Spiares spoke about Koch and the company’s vision. Mr. Spiares will oversee the new IT operations in Reno, NV.
The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada is a private/ public partnership established in 1983 committed to recruiting, expanding and supporting newly forming quality companies that bring jobs to the region and have a positive impact on the quality of life in Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe.
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