RICHFIELD, Ohio, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- OEConnection LLC, the leading Online Parts and Service Exchange (OPSX) for the automotive industry, has announced the opening of a 5500-square-foot technology office in Columbus, Ohio – a strategic expansion that will house the resources for applications development and infrastructure support of international web-based solutions. Located in the renovated Smith Bros' Hardware Co. building on Fourth Street, and within a few miles of The Ohio State University and other colleges, the satellite office was initiated to help OEConnection attract and cultivate the top technology talent needed to expand into international markets.
"This office will be tasked with internationalizing our solutions and addressing the needs of global users as we begin to expand our reach beyond North America," said Charles Rotuno, President & CEO of OEConnection. "Columbus is home to a vibrant technology community and top-ranked universities. The expansion allows us to tap into a new talent pool and achieve greater recognition as an employer of choice among highly-skilled technology candidates," he added.
In addition to recruitment opportunities, the Columbus, Ohio, satellite office will enable OEConnection to expand its partnerships with academia to collaborate on Information Technology projects and research. Already, OEConnection is exploring computer-based modeling research opportunities with The Ohio State University's CETI Office for enterprise transformation and innovation.
"Ultimately, our goal is to create an environment that fosters excellence in innovation, flexibility and adaptability – enabling us to take what we learn in global markets and apply them to our domestic web-based solutions, and vice versa," Rotuno said.
Led by John Kelly, OEConnection Director of Applications, Columbus Technology Center, the office will employ approximately 15 -20 associates by the second quarter of 2011, growing to 30 associates in 2012.
About OEConnection LLC
OEConnection is the leading Online Parts & Service Exchange (OPSX) in the automotive industry and beyond, serving over 20,000 dealership and repair customers. Customers use OEConnection products over 5 million times each month to market, manage and move original equipment parts, facilitating an estimated $12 billion in annual replacement parts trade. The company is headquartered in the greater Cleveland area at 4205 Highlander Parkway, Richfield, Ohio, 44286. Additional information is available at www.oeconnection.com or by emailing Marilyn Thaxton at Marilyn.Thaxton@OEConnection.com.
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