First Minneapolis, then Dubai. Well, maybe.
Ironworks Consulting, a Henrico-based technology company that also builds websites, has opened an office in Minneapolis, marking its expansion into the Midwest.
The IT and web consulting company was founded in 2001by Scott Walker and Will Loving. Since then they have added two offices in North Carolina and, more recently, one near Washington.
Walker, who serves as CEO, said the company has grown its sales 30 percent each year for the past two years and is bringing in more than $40 million annually.
The new office has seven employees hired from the Minneapolis area. The company has 250 employees and plans to hire more over the next year. The new office will assist with current projects while they build a customer base there.
Walker said he hopes the Midwest expansion helps the firm develop a strong national presence. “We’ve got some national clients,” he said. “Some are in Midwest and on the West Coast. We find that a lot of clients still feel more comfortable with a local presence – it’s helpful from a sales standpoint.”
The company has also expanded its work in the federal government sector, managing projects for the Department of the Interior and the Navy.
“We’ve had pretty loyal customers that have stuck with us, which helps a lot,” Walker said.
Al Harris is a BizSense reporter. Please send news tips to [email protected].