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IT provider Vology announces major Pinellas County expansion, adding 200 jobs

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One of the nation’s largest managed information technology service providers is making a major expansion in Pinellas County, adding hundreds of local jobs over the next few years.

IT company Vology announced plans Wednesday for 200 new jobs in the area within the next four years.

Headquartered in Clearwater, the company has hired 80 staff members in 2016 and now employs 400 people nationwide, 310 of them in Pinellas County.

A statement on the expansion project coincided with a congratulatory visit from Gov. Rick Scott, who is traveling around the state this week on his “Fighting for Florida’s Future” tour.

“We’re proud to welcome Governor Scott today to celebrate our growth and our continued investments in the Tampa Bay community,” said Vology CEO Barry Shevlin in a statement. “We appreciate the Governor’s support creating a business environment that helps our company grow and we look forward to welcoming even more Floridians to the Vology team in the years to come.”

Vology manages over 100,000 devices at over 20,000 customer sites nationwide and has been an Inc. 5000-ranked fastest growing private company for 11 consecutive years.

Expansion plans are designed to accommodate growing number of employees and a Network Operations Center, a $3.75 million project for a 60,000-square-foot facility in the Bay Vista Office Park in Largo.

Pinellas County officials collaborated with the State of Florida and the City of Largo to compete with Texas for the final site-selection process.

Pinellas County Commission Chair Janet Long applauded the move, calling Vology one of “Tampa Bay’s best homegrown technology success stories.”

City of Largo Mayor Woody Brown also praised Vology for its expansion into the Bay Vista office complex, which he described as one of “Pinellas County’s largest tech hotspots.

“We hope that their expansion will be a catalyst for other tech companies to expand into Largo’s market,” Brown said. “Thank you for selecting Largo and we look forward to your continued success.”

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Cissy Proctor added that Vology is one of those companies that can count on “Florida’s talented workforce, the state’s strong infrastructure and business-friendly environment to fuel their growth.”

Vology has also been recognized as a Top Work Place of 2015 by the Tampa Bay Times.

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