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Local talent pool draws international company to Blue Ash

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Posted at 6:00 AM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 06:00:08-04

BLUE ASH, Ohio — In the United States, a ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the opening of a new business, while a lamp-lighting ceremony is common practice in India.

Tech Mahindra observed both traditions as it opened its first office in the Greater Cincinnati region this week.

The information technology arm of the $17 billion, Mumbai, India-based Mahindra Group, Tech Mahindra employs about 106,000 people in more than 50 countries, and it serves customers in about 90 nations.

Tech Mahindra generated about $4 billion in revenue in its last fiscal year, a 9.5 percent increase over the previous year, according to the company’s website. 

The Blue Ash development center is the 17th the company has opened in the United States. But this development center is unique, as it will be ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) certified, said Manoj Chugh, president of enterprise business for Tech Mahindra.

“The kind of work that we will do here is radically different from what we have had the opportunity to do in the past,” Chugh said, “particularly in serving our customers in the areas of aviation and defense.”

Ten employees work at the office now and the company has plans to add more. The Cincinnati region was chosen partly because of its talent pool, Chugh said.

Dayton native Steve Allen, 29, was held up as an example of the kind of people Tech Mahindra wants to attract. Tech Mahindra recruited Allen nearly four years ago when he was an inexperienced, recent college graduate. Allen didn’t think he had a chance of landing the job, but it turns out he’s the kind of candidate they were looking for.

“Not only did they recognize my potential, they realized it and allowed me to grow,” Allen said.

Officials with the city, REDI Cincinnati, and Miami University were on hand to welcome Tech Mahindra to the community. Blue Ash Mayor Lee Czerwonka and Chugh shared a warm embrace at the conclusion of their remarks.

“We hope that the new [office] in Blue Ash will bring even more success to Tech Mahindra,” Czerwonka said, “and we look forward to your international operations being an outstanding catalyst for our city.”

Payroll projections for the new Tech Mahindra office were not available through the city, as the company did not receive tax incentives to locate to Blue Ash. A company official declined to disclose projections.