By Adrianna Pitrelli
FISHERS, Ind. — A year ago Brent Oakley’s idea for a business was just taking shape. Now he expects to create 250 more tech jobs in central Indiana by 2020.
Fuzic, founded in 2016 in Fishers, provides location-based businesses with a way to create music playlists and audio announcements with a software platform. It currently employs about 30 Hoosiers.
Gov. Eric Holcomb talks to 30 employees of Fuzic in Fishers Monday. By 2020, Fuzic expects to have hired 250 more employees. Photo by Adrianna Pitrelli, TheStatehouseFile.com
“When we first started kicking around the idea of the business last year, we didn’t even think we’d be moving 30 employees over to a new building,” said Oakley, the founder of Fuzic.
Forbes Magazine named Indiana the fifth best state for the most technology jobs in 2016. Since 2006, technology job growth has grown 68.1 percent in central Indiana.
Fuzic is just one more company alongside Kronos and SYNC Technology that has expanded to Fishers. Last year, more than 53,000 Hoosiers were employed by technology companies.
Gov. Eric Holcomb said he is pleased with Oakley’s decision to expand in Indiana.
“Fuzic has customers located all over the world and you could have chosen to expand the business anywhere, but you chose Fishers and we are eternally grateful that you made the wise decision to expand your workforce on Hoosier soil,” Holcomb said.
Holcomb said bringing more tech jobs to the Hoosier state will continue to make it more attractive for other businesses to want to expand here.
“We are truly a leader, nationally speaking,” Holcomb said. “We are reminded on days like today what it takes to take the state to the next level.”
Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness said when he first became mayor he desired to create an ecosystem in Fishers that accelerates entrepreneurship, and he is now pleased with the direction the city is going.
“Anytime you can win a company and bring it to a state or city, it’s extraordinary,” Fadness said. “But when you see the creation happen in your city, it’s a point of pride.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation has granted Fuzic more than $3.5 million which will allow the business to offer the 255 new jobs in the next three years. The company will also receive $145,000 to be used to train employees.
Adrianna Pitrelli is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.