Dallas-Fort Worth based company, GuideIT, is expanding into Wichita Falls and will hire nearly 100 employees over the next few years.
The three year-old Perot Company will open in April.
“We’re an IT consulting and services firm and we’re real thrilled to have the opportunity to come here and put a steak in the ground in Wichita Falls and create jobs here to support customers all across the United States,” GuideIT Founding Partner, Tim Morris, said.
Wichita Falls City Councilors signed off on an economic incentive package for the company that offers cash for jobs. Leaders are offering a $463,000 loan – and in exchange, the company must create 91 jobs over the next three years.
“There will be people supporting customers by phone, but we use the term ‘service desk,'” Morris said. “So we’ll have people here that are monitoring the environment of our customers both their network, infrastructure, applications and when things go wrong they may be communicating with other team members of GuideIT or our customers.”
The Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Board members said this company will help diversify the downtown economy.
“It’s exactly what we were looking for because it is a type of job we had not recruited in the past,” Henry Florsheim with the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry said. “Most of our activity lately had been industrial and we’re doing more to become that one town where young professionals want to be.”
The IT company’s founding partner said – based on past, positive experiences – they plan to recruit Midwestern State students.
“60 percent of whom or 65 percent of whom held a part-time job while they were going to school,” Morris said. “Most of them – I think it was greater than half – had parents…. neither one of which went to college ….. So we found hard working, smart students not afraid of hard work.”
GuideIT, which is expected to have a nearly $11 million impact on the local economy, hopes to hire even more employees down the road.
Company representatives said – in the last year alone – they doubled in size and revenue, which is why they are confident the company will do well in downtown.