This article originally appeared in The Tribune Democrat.
Problem Solutions, a Richland Township-based technology company, will be celebrating 13 years in operation on Dec. 1. Adding to the celebration is the company's announcement of moving to a new location in Richland Township at 210 Industrial Park.
Michael Hruska, president and CEO, said that the new facility will allow for the company's continued growth.
Problem Solutions, currently at 1407 Eisenhower Boulevard, started with only two employees and now has 48, Hruska said.
"This facility will put us in a position to continue our strong growth in this region," Hruska said. "We are excited to be growing both our defense and commercial work in a diversified manner. This new facility will allow us to expand greatly and be much closer to the other companies in the local defense industry."
Hruska added: "We’ve built everything from chocolate delivering robots for Hershey to learning systems for the Department of Defense, and even educational content repositories for the U.S. Department of Education."
While the company has focused on employing the existing talent pool in the region, Hruska said he is encouraging people with ties to the area who have an interest in returning to contact the company.
"My brother Nik, one of our other founders, and I are both boomerangs to this area," Hruska said. :We know there are many others out there with unique and diverse experiences that would return to this area if they had the opportunity.
"We want to provide that opportunity."
Hruska said Problem Solutions is looking for people with technology backgrounds, government agency experience or any unique skill set. Applicants can connect with the company at www.problemsolutions.net.
While the company's focus on startups is important, Hruska said that a greater emphasis will be placed on growing existing local companies with projects and grants in 2017.
"We have unique and diverse companies on the verge of growth," he said. "We have great experts and motivated students at Mount Aloysius, Penn Highlands Community College, Pitt-Johnstown, and St. Francis University. There is a huge opportunity to combine these groups together in unprecedented ways to create value and jobs."