IBM coming to Columbia, will create up to 800 jobs

Monday, May 17, 2010 | 2:28 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Gov. Jay Nixon announced Monday that IBM is coming to Columbia and planning to create 800 high-tech jobs by 2012.

The company will begin moving into and renovating 2810 LeMone Industrial Boulevard on Tuesday. A news release from IBM said the company will begin hiring employees during the summer and be operational by the fall. By the end of 2012, the center expects to be fully staffed with employees from entry level to experienced professionals.

At the announcement, Mayor Bob McDavid said the deal is the result of six months of "hard negotiation."

The company signed a 10-year lease with an option to extend it. IBM also plans to gain a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design certification for its new building, meaning the new building will be environmentally friendly. It plans to build bike paths to downtown and plant new trees and bushes around the boulevard.

The center will primarily support IBM's strategic outsourcing clients.

State tax incentives and access to MU enticed IBM to come to Columbia, Nixon said at the announcement. Tim Shaughnessy, senior vice president of IBM, said the company will work with local universities and colleges to enhance information technology curricula.

McDavid said IBM will bring $4.3 million in additional tax revenue to Columbia Public Schools.

Check back with later today for more details on IBM coming to Columbia.



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