IBM’s The Weather Company Growing In Georgia

The world's largest private weather enterprise is adding 400 jobs and relocating its headquarters within Atlanta.

The Weather Company will relocate its headquarters within Atlanta and is hiring an additional 400 people at its new facility at Perimeter Summit at 1001 Perimeter Summit Boulevard. The company, which delivers up to to 40 billion forecasts daily, is preparing to grow its services that provide accurate, personalized and actionable weather data and insights to millions of consumers and thousands of businesses around the world.

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Atlanta headquarters of The Weather Company, an IBM Business, will move to Perimeter Summit and add 400 jobs. (PRNewsFoto/The Weather Company)

The Weather Company, which was acquired by IBM in January, helps some of the world’s biggest brands in aviation, energy, insurance and media as well as government anticipate and respond to weather’s impact on their operations. It connects newscasters, airline pilots, energy traders, insurance executives, state agency employees, retail management and more to the weather intel they need.

“The combination of technology and expertise from The Weather Company and IBM is progressing well as we create additional value for the clients of both companies,” said Cameron Clayton, CEO and General Manager, The Weather Company. “The additional hiring and the move to a new headquarters are indicative of the support and investment that IBM is providing to attract and retain the best and brightest as we build this amazing business.”

The Weather Company provides weather data and insights via Weather’s API, its business solutions division, and its own digital products from The Weather Channel and Weather Underground.

Earlier this year, The Weather Company announced plans to advance the precision and accuracy of weather forecasting by combining hyper-local, short-term custom forecasts developed by IBM Research with The Weather Company’s global forecast model. The powerful combination of the two models is called Deep Thunder, which also uses historical weather data to train machine learning models to help businesses predict the actual impact of weather.

As it announced the acquisition of The Weather Company in January, IBM said it will use The Weather Company’s technology and expertise to serve as the foundation for the Watson Internet of Things Cloud platform, building on a $3 billion commitment IBM made in 2015 to invest in the Internet of Things. The acquisition extended the scale and capability of IBM’s cloud data services platform and expanded The Weather Company’s enterprise services capabilities and consumer reach to a global scale, including plans to bring to new major markets such as China and India.

Growing In Atlanta

Relocation of The Weather Company’s headquarters is expected to begin in late spring of next year. Jobs being added include positions in software and product development, engineering, technology and marketing, among others.

“The Weather Company has made significant contributions in Georgia for more than three decades,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “The company’s decision to expand its workforce in the metro Atlanta area is a reflection of our state’s ability to retain dynamic companies with our business-friendly environment and highly skilled workforce. We look forward to our ongoing relationship with The Weather Company and its continued success in Georgia.”

The Weather Company worked closely with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDECD), the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Power in the selection of its new headquarters location.

“We are excited that The Weather Company, a leader in the technology industry, is expanding their operations here,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We thank The Weather Company for their growth and confidence in the Atlanta area, and look forward to supporting them as they continue to provide weather data to millions of consumers and thousands of businesses around the world.”

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