Web hosting and data center operator Online Tech announced on Tuesday it has renovated 5,000-square feet of Ann Arbor office space to expand its company headquarters to meet its rapid growth.
The Michigan data center operator, which doubled its employee count to nearly 50 over the past 15 months, is looking to fill 10 additional professional-level positions in the third quarter of 2013.
Online Tech director of human resources Deb Webster is currently developing a “pipeline” section for the company’s website in anticipation of more future growth.
To accommodate the additional hires, as well as bring together teams previously spread across its two Ann Arbor data centers, Online Tech has doubled its occupancy to 10,000 square feet at the Burlington Office Center on Eisenhower Parkway on the city’s south side.
“A lot of our growth is nationally in the healthcare space and retail and financial segments, driven by the compliance that we’re focused on,” said Online Tech co-CEO Mike Klein. “Our theme of compliance and mission critical applications has taken a toehold not only in Michigan, where we currently have a physical presence, but across the country, where there are not a lot of cloud providers that have been through a full HIPAA and PCI audit. We have, and that has driven a lot of attention and a lot of growth.”
Online Tech got a considerable boost to its steady growth when News-Press & Gazette Company invested $20 million in September 2012 to help Online Tech expand into new markets in the Midwest.
The company says it plans to open new data centers over the next 24 months, adding to its two existing data centers in Ann Arbor and one near Flint.
Online Tech’s headquarters will continue to be in Ann Arbor, where Oxford Property Management Company used tenant improvement dollars to expand and renovate office space at 305 East Eisenhower.
As part of the agreement with Oxford, Online Tech will take possession of the entire third floor of the Class A office space, which spans 13,000 square feet, in coming years.
This third floor will allow Online Tech to bring its marketing and product development teams under one roof with the sales team, admin staff, and corporate staff, as well as makes room for continued growth.
The company has already posted new positions on its careers website in which it is seeking experienced business development, sales and IT professionals.
Currently, Online Tech is looking to hire network and software engineers, system administrators for Linux and Windows, and a senior infrastructure engineer.