- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - A California-based technology consulting company plans to expand its existing operations in Kokomo and Carmel, creating 400 new jobs by 2017, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced Monday.

Systems in Motion LLC plans to hire about 240 new workers in Kokomo and 160 in nearby Carmel, the IEDC said. The Newark, California-based company plans to lease up to 25,000 square feet of space in downtown Kokomo’s historic Firestone Building and expand its Carmel site by 15,000 square feet.

Systems in Motion, which acquired Indiana-based Zuna Infotech earlier this year, said it will invest $5.4 million in its new office space. The expansions are expected to be completed by December 2016.

The company plans to begin hiring next month for additional software development and testing and support positions in Indiana, the IEDC said.

The IEDC offered Systems in Motion up to $5.65 million in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company’s job-creation plans. The city of Kokomo also approved local incentives.

Gov. Mike Pence issued a statement saying “Indiana’s tech sector continues to grow because companies like Systems in Motion recognize Indiana as a state that works.”

Founded in 2009, Systems in Motion provides services such as application development and management, business analytics and testing services to clients in the financial services, retail, life sciences, entertainment, mobility and hospitality sectors. It also has operations in Minneapolis, St. Louis and Ann Arbor and Lansing, Michigan.

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