Rural Sourcing Inc. held a grand opening Tuesday for its Augusta office in Enterprise Mill, but the company has been at work in the area for a while.
Since the December announcement that the Atlanta-based software company would open an office in Augusta, RSI has hired several employees and is already playing host to a Fortune 500 firm this week to “kick the tires,” company CEO Monty Hamilton said.
RSI was founded in 2004 and works to bring jobs that are typically outsourced to other countries – software design, computer coding and other IT jobs – back to the U.S.
“Rural sourcing” is the opposite of outsourcing, Hamilton explained, and he hopes it will become the industry norm in years to come.
It has worked with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Charles River Laboratories and other companies to develop software and custom coding.
RSI chose Augusta out of eight locations across five states, and Hamilton said it was because of Augusta’s quality of life and exceptional workforce.
“As we’ve talked to people, we’ve found that as long as they can find good work here, they want to stay,” he said. “That’s what we’re all about.”
When RSI was looking for locations, the Development Authority of Richmond County made Augusta’s case, Chairman Henry Ingram said.
“We have a great workforce, and a wonderful quality of life, but so do a lot of other places,” he said. “It’s the development authority’s job to put Augusta’s best foot forward.”
RSI will create 100 IT jobs for the Augusta area by the end of 2012.
“What we want is high-paying, quality jobs from companies who intend to grow,” Ingram said.
Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver said RSI is just one of the many exciting things happening in Augusta.
“Augusta is on a roll,” he said. “Our city, despite the national economic trends, is still open for business.”
Good business for Augusta benefits the rest of the state, too, according the state labor commissioner, Mark Butler, who attended the company’s opening.
“This is a good day for Augusta, but it’s also a good day for the entire state,” he said. “RSI is a pioneer company, and we are very excited to welcome it to Georgia.”
Butler said the community should be grateful to have such an exceptional company in the area.
“Economic experts said these kinds of jobs were gone from the U.S. forever, but companies like RSI are proving them wrong,” he said.