BlueLine Associates, which provides business process management services for companies, said it will open a software development office in the Louisiana Technology Park on Florida Boulevard, a move that will create 40 jobs.
The jobs will have an average salary of $40,000, plus benefits. The state’s economic development agency said the office also will create 27 indirect jobs.
This will be the fourth U.S. office for BlueLine, which was established in 2009. In November, the North Carolina-based company was named as one of Consulting magazine’s fastest- growing businesses.
Rocky Silvestri, president of BlueLine, said the new office will focus on application development, so the plan is to hire local developers, engineers, project managers and support agents.
“Our applications are contracted by startups and Fortune 500 companies,” Silvestri said.
BlueLine plans to move into the Tech Park on Feb. 1, said Stephen Loy, executive director of the facility. Plans are to start off slow, ramping up to 40 workers. Initially, BlueLine will hire a mix of entry-level and seasoned workers, he said.
BlueLine will initially take up about 500 square feet in the Tech Park. “They’re moving into a large room, and we put up a wall in the middle,” Loy said. “They can grow into more space if they need to.”
BlueLine began talking with the state in October about moving into Louisiana. The state offered an incentive package that includes the LED FastStart workforce training program.
BlueLine also is expected to use a number of incentives, including the Quality Jobs program and the Digital Interactive Media and Software Development program.
“This is a good soft landing site for them to start a new operation,” Loy said. “There’s a lot of good synergy in the Baton Rouge market.”
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