Dematic, MTEC SmartZone tenant, grows services and jobs in the U.S. with software product

HOUGHTON, Michigan (March 26, 2014) – Dematic, a global supplier of material-handling systems for factory and distribution centers, has maintained a satellite office at MTEC SmartZone’s Lakeshore Center since May 2012. The Houghton location employs five Michigan Technological University student interns and 10 full-time staff who support Dematic’s research and development functions at its North America headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Among major corporations that utilize Dematic’s distribution systems are Amazon, Walmart, Walgreens, Abercrombie & Fitch and Toys “R” Us.

In December 2013, Dematic acquired Upturn Solutions, a provider of Computerized Maintenance Management Solutions (CMMS) designed for distribution, manufacturing and warehouse environments. The acquisition expands Dematic’s software offerings into distribution center workflow, asset and inventory management, and preventative maintenance. Dematic’s CMMS product is a subscription-based service that allows customers the ability to “pay as you go” rather than requiring a large upfront investment.

Dematic’s North American operations employs more than 2,459 people and 4,000 worldwide. When the company needed to hire 100 engineers in 2013, the satellite office helped to recruit experienced employees to fill positions. Officials expect job growth to continue in 2014.

MTEC SmartZone CEO Marilyn Clark said nowadays, employers look for experienced candidates who can contribute immediately. Student interns working at Dematic’s satellite office gain the advantage over others when it comes to applying for jobs in the high-tech field. Not to mention students have the opportunity to work where they want to live.

“Dematic has placed 10 permanent engineers at their Houghton office and currently have five student interns who are working while they’re going to school,” Clark said. “This is a great opportunity for students to gain valuable experience and apply what they learned in the classroom to a real career field. Not only do students learn valuable skills, but they find out early on whether it’s a career they want to pursue in the future. Meanwhile, management has the opportunity to identify strong candidates for employment.”

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