Sunday, August 27, 2000

Firm seeks Deerfield address

Spotlight Solutions Inc. to add 100 jobs

By Kevin Aldridge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TWP. — Another high-tech computer software company is moving to the township and will bring with it about 100 new jobs.

        That is, if Warren County commissioners approve an application by Spotlight Solutions Inc. for an enterprise zone abatement. Spotlight Solutions, which makes price-comparison software for retailers, plans to move from Blue Ash to Deerfield Crossing off Mason-Montgomery Road and triple the amount of space it is leasing.

        “We looked all around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky,” President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Kelly Jr. told The Enquirer earlier. “I have a history with Duke (Weeks) and wanted to stay in a Duke property.”

        The software provider re cently signed up its first major customer, discounter Shopko of Green Bay, Wis.

        Spotlight Solutions could invest as much as $4.7 million over the next four years, township officials say.

        The expansion means about 20 more positions will be filled before the end of the year and at least another 80 over the next two years. Spotlight Solutions employs about 35 people. Yearly salaries for the new positions are expected to be in the $79,000 range.

        The application for the abatement, called an enterprise zone agreement, asks county commissioners for an exemption of up to 50 percent on personal property taxes for a five-year period. County commissioners, who have final say on the project, discussed the application Tuesday and are expected to render a decision in the coming weeks.

        Spotlight Solutions Inc. is the second high-tech software firm to choose Deerfield Township this year. In May, Computer Associates International, which specializes in software solutions, announced it would move its regional headquarters to the township and bring about 150 jobs.

        “We are really pleased that we have been landing these upscale high-tech companies,” said Dan Theno, Deerfield's administrator of development and community relations. “I think it just goes to show that Deerfield Township is not only a retail, commercial and office center. Now we are carving out a niche as a high-tech center as well.”


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