Atomic Object Takes Off With $2.9M Expansion, Plans to Hire 33 People
Atomic Object, the software development firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, with offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor, today announced that it is investing $2.9 million in an expansion and adding 33 jobs across the state.
As part of the expansion, the company will move to a new, 11,000-square-foot office on Wealthy Street in downtown Grand Rapids that is double the size of its current office. The expansion was made possible partly because of support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and The Right Place, a West Michigan economic development agency.
“Many companies like ours are looking for lower-cost opportunities for expansion, like outsourcing overseas or establishing a presence in cities with larger technical bases,” said Atomic Object CEO Carl Erickson. “We’re very glad the MEDC was willing to help us with our goal of expanding and staying in the state of Michigan.”
According to the company, West Michigan’s IT industry has grown by 13.8 percent since 2009, beating the national average of 9.4 percent. Average sector wages in the 13-county region are $75,000, which is comparable to other, larger markets.
Atomic Object opened its Detroit office in the Harmonie Park section of downtown in 2012, and the company counts Chrysler and Domino’s among its clients. Erickson, who manages the six-person Detroit office, said Atomic Object is currently looking for new, slightly larger office space in the Motor City to accommodate its growth. The nine-person Ann Arbor office is being renovated ahead of its planned expansion.
Erickson also said the company is hiring software developers and designers in all three offices; click here for details.