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Pillar hires 12 in Ann Arbor, plans to add 20-25 more

Pillar Technology Group has hired dozen people in Ann Arbor over 2013 and the software firm expects to double that number in the next year.

"We have a big backlog of work and we're looking to grow the team here," says Charles Fry, Great Lakes Regional Vice President of Pillar Technology Group.

The 19-year-old company provides software and consulting services for a broad range of companies in the automotive, financial, insurance, agriculture machinery, manufacturing, telecommunications, food service, banking and publishing. Those firms are mainly located in the in major metro areas in the Great Lakes Region, such as Toronto and Chicago.

Pillar Technology Group currently has a staff of 150 employees and six interns. It currently has six open positions for experience software developers that specialize in Java and .NET programing. The company expects to hire another 20-25 people in 2014.

The company has an office in Tech Brewery on the city's near north side. Earlier this fall, it received a $350,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant from the state of Michigan. The firm plans to invest $1.43 million and create 45 jobs.

"The Tech Brewery is a great location to organize and launch a dedicated group of people," Fry says.

Pillar Technology Group expects to outgrow its digs in Tech Brewery within the next few years. Fry expects to move to a bigger office in downtown Ann Arbor in either the second or third quarter of 2014.

Source: Charles Fry, Great Lakes Regional Vice President of Pillar Technology Group
Writer: Jon Zemke

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