Genesis Networks’ Abilene-based software testing facility announced plans to hire an additional 40 employees by November.
The testing center originated from discussions between officials from Genesis Networks and ACU, and the facility opened its doors on August 21 with 19 employees. The company now employs 25, about half of whom were recruited from Abilene and the surrounding area; some employees came from as far as Boston, Denver and Corpus Christi.
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Genesis serves three major clients in the telecommunications industry. After six weeks of operation, client satisfaction has led to requests for services that require rapid expansion, said Nadav Sela, Genesis vice president for professional services. The 40 additional employees will begin by mid-November.
“This represents a major vote of confidence from our clients, and we feel this is just the beginning,” Sela said.
In addition, Genesis plans to grow to 140-150 employees within 12-18 months and occupy the entire second floor of the Enterprise Building.
“We have been overwhelmed with the level of interest among the major telecoms and the potential for several new partnerships that extend beyond software testing,” Sela said. “We've hosted several client executives, and most have never been to Abilene but are extremely impressed with the city and our operation. They immediately recognize the competitive advantages we offer such as strong support from city officials, lower cost of living, strong community bonds, exemplary schools, little traffic, easy accessibility to the metroplex, San Antonio and Austin, little concern for natural disasters and other similar threats.”
Nearly a full year of planning, led by a partnership between Genesis Networks (San Antonio) and ACU, culminated in the opening of Genesis’ Abilene facility in August.
“We see the partnership with Genesis as one that provides huge opportunities, not only for ACU students, but for students across the Big Country who are interested in a career in technology,” said Dr. Tim Coburn, acting director of the School of Information Technology at ACU. “Such benefits are likely to include credit internships, hands-on research opportunities, part-time jobs and access to full-time opportunities post-graduation. We've been saying for a long-time that we need to provide more opportunities for our students to remain in Abilene after graduation. For those who desire to do so, this initiative will help tremendously.”
ACU and Genesis continue to work in collaboration with city officials and other interested parties to expand the concept of Abilene as a West Texas technology hub, supporting ACU’s new School of Information Technology and Computing.
“We expect Abilene to see enrollment increases in technology related fields at both the undergraduate and graduate level,” said Richard Burdine, CEO of the Development Corporation of Abilene. “Texas Tech also will play an important role in providing graduate educational opportunities for Abilene area students. We see such a collaborative effort as paramount to ensuring the sustained growth of a quality labor force well into the future.”