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On the heels of its acquisition by a New York company, One Call Now is ‘committed’ to the Dayton region where it will grow over the long term, says the head of its new parent.
“We see a lot of potential in what One Call Now has done,” said Tony Schmitz, president of Send Word Now, which acquired the Vandalia-based emergency notification and mobile applications company last year.
This as he said One Call Now is retooling its local workforce, looking to hire another 10 to 15 people in sales, marketing, engineering, account management and other roles as it retools its local offices and plans to grow its employment, which could grow over 100 — and maybe to 150 or more — over the long term.
That would bring the company back up to a staff of around 70, he said, adding the changing technology could mean it breaks into new markets over the next five years.
2015 was a year of change for the company. It moved from Troy to a 14,000-square-foot office along Poe Avenue in Vandalia. In march it acquired a business unit of Cincinnati Bell. Its founder, Leib Lurie, retired from the company in late August at the same time as its acquisition by Send Word Now. Some staff reductions followed.
Schmitz said Send Word Now, which works in government, Department of Defense and major Fortune 500 employers, acquired One Call Now because it offers similar services in smaller accounts, including nonprofits, education, small businesses and others. The two companies have about 35,000 clients around the world.
And he said the company will focus on offering more tailored mobile applications and notification packages in coming years, offering software as a service with a huge number of new potential uses. And he said One Call Now will remain in Dayton as it grows.
“We like Dayton, it’s a technology hub and it’s located in range of good workforce,” Schmitz said. “We want to add folks here. Dayton makes sense, as close as it is to other big markets like Chicago, Columbus and Indianapolis. We like the work ethic people have here, and we’re here to stay.”
The company also wants to deepen its roots in Dayton, including philanthropy in this area and also drawing a larger pool of internships with students drawn from local schools.