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Friday, January 16, 2009

Reston's Vibrant Economy Part 33: A Different Kind of Outsourcing

You know how some companies rely on employees from India, where that friendly guy named "Bob" on the other end of the line when you call Tech Support is getting paid something like 1 rupee a day? One Reston company's doing the same thing, only in West Virginia.

Gov. Joe Manchin and Laila Rossi, CEO of Platinum Solutions, announced Tuesday the Reston, Virginia software development company and defense contractor is expanding its operations in Bridgeport.

The company plans to hire at least 80 people by July 2009, with additional expansion possible in the next five years, to help it meet the requirements for a recently awarded federal agency contract.

“This is great news for West Virginia as we continue to diversify our economy with technology-sector jobs and employers, particularly in this part of the state,” says Manchin.

The positions they are seeking will include software developers, engineers, system administrators, computer analysts and information technology project managers. Rossi said most jobs will pay between $30,000 and $150,000 and will include a full benefits package. They hope to start hiring immediately.
To be sure, $150,000 will go a lot further out there, despite the conspicuous lack of Macaroni Grills and whatnot to spend it on. You might even be able to afford a house without wheels!

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