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Software company opens Manhattan location

By Corene Brisendine

Xpanxion expanded to Manhattan.

A global software engineering company, Xpanxion held a ribbon-cutting event Monday at its new offices in Farm Bureau Plaza.

Xpanxion CEO Paul Eurek said he was looking to open an office in a state neighboring his Nebraska hom. He was also looking for a college town that had a vision for the future.

He said that Manhattan fit both those prerequisites.

However, he said he wasn’t just looking for recent college grads. He said the proximity of Fort Riley made it the perfect spot to expand his global software engineering business with retiring soldiers — and their spouses, as well.

Eurek said that he chose to expand the business in the Midwest because of a growing trend among U.S. companies to look at “rural sourcing.”

He said that historically, companies would build an offshore office or look to the coasts. Now, the trend is to expand in the Midwest because the people living in this part of the country are hard working and dedicated to their jobs.

He said he understands that type of dedication, since he comes from an area near Kearney, Neb.

“As far as we’re concerned, the Midwest is the greatest workforce to tap into,” he said. “We have had just unbelievable success building this out with creative, hardworking, intelligent people — and the tell-tale sign is that ourt clients love it.”

Eurek said he hopes to hire 20 to 30 people for the Manhattan office in the next 12 to 24 months. He said the final workforce size is projected to be 120 people, but that will happen over the next 4-5 years.

Eurek said the company designs software for private businesses to help them stay competitive in the online community. The company builds web-based and smartphone-based applications.

He gave the example of one client that is a global hotelier. He said the company created a web- and phone-based application that allows customers to make reservations for any of its hotels.

Eurek said the company is looking to hire software testers, programmers and management staff.

He said they train their employees from the ground up, so having a senior technician’s degree isn’t the only asset Xpanxion looks for in an applicant.

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce president Lyle Butler said the company is just what Manhattan needs.

“This is the type of company we like to see grow and expand,” he said. “We have a lot of other types of companies that are doing a lot of things worldwide from Manhattan.”

Eurek said his company is a global company with offices in Puni, India —although it is headquartered in Georgia.

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