NetApp to nearly double Wichita employment
The Kansas Department of Commerce and the
Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC) announced
today that NetApp, a leading provider of innovative storage and
data management solutions will significantly expand its Wichita
The company plans to nearly double its
workforce in Wichita over the next five years by adding more than
400 new jobs to its existing workforce of more than 450 employees.
NetApp expects to hire people for about 115 of the new jobs in the
first year. The new jobs will primarily focus on the areas of
product development and customer support.
"NetApp is ranked as one of the best
companies in the world to work for, and I'm excited that the
company will be strengthening its presence in Wichita with a
significant expansion of operations and workforce," said Kansas
Governor Sam Brownback. "We are working hard to provide the best
business environment in the nation for companies to expand in or
relocate to our great state."
The annual average wage of the new jobs will
be approximately $73,000. NetApp plans to invest more than $85
million in new machinery and equipment and renovation to
accommodate the expanded workforce.
Headquartered in California and founded in
1992, NetApp is a FORTUNE 500® company that employs over
12,000 individuals in more than 170 offices worldwide. NetApp
provides solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and
accelerate business breakthroughs for customers across various
industries, including media and entertainment, internet,
healthcare, IT, and financial services. Data ONTAP® software,
NetApp's core operating system, is also the world's most widely
adopted storage and data management platform. The facility in
Wichita became part of NetApp's global operations as a result of
the company's completed purchase of the Engenio external storage
systems business from LSI Corporation in May, 2011.
"NetApp's presence in Wichita to date has
been highly successful and strategic to the company's growth, and
we look forward to expanding our operations in the area," said Joel
Reich, vice president of the Array Products Group, NetApp. "NetApp
has been widely recognized as a best place to work and a major
reason for that is due to the high quality of employees that we are
able to attract and retain. Expanding in Wichita will enable NetApp
to continue to attract the best people and serve as a key component
in helping to fuel our customers' business success."
Sedgwick County Chairman Tim Norton said,
"NetApp is a great company known for its innovation and world-wide
presence. It's also often recognized as a great place to work,
which says a lot about a company. They have choices where to expand
and locate business, and we welcome this expansion news that NetApp
plans to hire hundreds of people in our community."
GWEDC is working closely with Sedgwick County
and the City of Wichita, as well as the Kansas Department of
Commerce on a package of incentives to secure the capital
investment and jobs for Wichita and Kansas. The Wichita City
Council and Board of County Commissioners will be voting on the
incentive package in coming weeks that includes job creation
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer said, "These are
the high-tech jobs that communities throughout the world are
competing for, and we are glad that we could compete and win.
NetApp is a good corporate partner and this is great news for
Wichita. We are grateful for Governor Brownback's and Commerce's
partnership on this project."
Interim GWEDC President Suzie Ahlstrand
recognized the partnership with the Department of Commerce and the
work from GWEDC staff to secure the project. "The team really
worked together to respond to the customer's needs," Ahlstrand
said. "NetApp has more than 170 offices worldwide and so many
choices for expansion. It was important to secure this project for
Wichita and the team did a great job."
GWEDC is the regional public-private
partnership formed by the City of Wichita, Sedgwick County and
private business. It's managed by the Wichita Metro Chamber of
Commerce and charged with creating and executing the community's
business recruitment, retention and expansion plans and marketing
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