Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Software maker moving in


15 jobs now; more expected

By Ken Alltucker
The Cincinnati Enquirer

A California-based technology firm that makes software for manufacturers plans to establish a 15-person headquarters in downtown Cincinnati within two months.

Although the office will start small, executives of Think3 told Ohio's economic development officials that its Cincinnati work force could triple in three years. The state Monday gave a preliminary nod to job-creation tax credits for up to 45 positions. The company still seeks training grants from Ohio and other incentives from the city of Cincinnati.

The firm wanted to be closer to major Midwest manufacturers and to reduce costs, according to Dan Meyer, vice president of worldwide marketing. Meyer, son of former Milacron chief executive officer Dan Meyer, suggested Cincinnati.

"I felt I was in a good position to make the case for Cincinnati," Meyer said.

Meyer and another company executive already work from home in Cincinnati. The firm plans to sign a lease for a small office space at Scripps Center on Walnut Street for sales and marketing staff.

The firm, whose customers include Maytag and Buell Motorcycle, also will open a sales office in Chicago. It already has employees in Boston and Salt Lake City. Think3 will close its Pleasanton, Calif., office, but CEO Joe Costello will remain in the San Francisco area, Meyer said.

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E-mail kalltucker@enquirer.com




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