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NetApp, a provider of storage and data management solutions, will expand its Wichita facility. The company plans to double its workforce in Wichita, KS over the next five years by adding more than 400 new jobs to its existing workforce of more than 450 employees. NetApp expects to hire people for about 115 of the new jobs in the first year.
The new jobs will primarily focus on the areas of product development and customer support. NetApp plans to invest more than $85 million in new machinery and equipment and renovation to accommodate the expanded workforce.
“NetApp is ranked as one of the best companies in the world to work for, and I’m excited that the company will be strengthening its presence in Wichita with a significant expansion of operations and workforce,” said Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. “We are working hard to provide the best business environment in the nation for companies to expand in or relocate to our great state.”
Headquartered in California and founded in 1992, NetApp employs over 12,000 individuals in more than 170 offices worldwide. The facility in Wichita became part of NetApp’s global operations as a result of the company’s completed purchase of the Engenio external storage systems business from LSI Corporation in May, 2011.
“NetApp’s presence in Wichita to date has been highly successful and strategic to the company’s growth, and we look forward to expanding our operations in the area,” said Joel Reich, vice president of the Array Products Group, NetApp. “NetApp has been widely recognized as a best place to work and a major reason for that is due to the high quality of employees that we are able to attract and retain. Expanding in Wichita will enable NetApp to continue to attract the best people and serve as a key component in helping to fuel our customers’ business success.”