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September 3, 2019 Deal Watch Today

Global IT firm opens in downtown Hartford; plans to hire hundreds

Photo | Contributed The Stilts Building in downtown Hartford.

A New Jersey-based IT services firm announced Tuesday it plans to hire hundreds of employees at its new “Innovation Center” in downtown Hartford co-working space Upward Hartford.

GalaxE.Solutions Inc., which mainly provides its platform to insurance companies and healthcare providers, said it debuted Sunday at The Stilts Building, 20 Church St., with about 25 employees. Tim Bryan, chief executive of GalaxE., told Hartford Business Journal his firm plans to hire “several hundred” more workers in the coming years.

Headquartered in Somerset, N.J., the firm may keep a presence at Upward Hartford long term or grow its operation in another location downtown, Bryan said. 

The state of Connecticut has not committed funding for GalaxE.’s expansion in Hartford, he said.

“We are expanding, whether it’s in Upward or another location downtown, we are open to that,” he said. “We can make long-term plans as our growth takes shape. You will see significant growth over the next year.”

Bryan said GalaxE. will support the area’s various insurance companies under its “Outsource to Hartford” program, which is aimed at helping clients foster tech transformation and economic growth.

Bloomfield health insurer Cigna, a GalaxE. client, is partnering in the firm’s efforts downtown. 

“Outsource to Hartford will position the city as a viable and desirable alternative for next generation IT solutions – taking advantage of Hartford’s strong corporate footprint, outstanding academic institutions and highly skilled and motivated workforce,” he said. “We believe there is energy building in Hartford and we want to be part of it.”

The firm is scheduled to announce the opening of the Innovation Center at a press conference Wednesday at noon attended by Bryan, Mayor Luke Bronin and Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Commissioner David Lehman, among others.

In a statement Tuesday, Bronin said the firm’s Hartford debut is another sign the city can become a hub for top tech talent.

“We have worked hard with many partners to make Hartford a budding home for innovators in our core industries, and GalaxE.’s arrival is another big step forward,” the mayor said. “It’s a perfect complement to the growing scene of startups in insurance, advanced manufacturing, and soon digital health.

Founded as Galaxy Systems in 1990, GalaxE. currently employs about 1,500 employees internationally at offices and delivery centers in New Jersey, New York, Detroit, Toronto, United Kingdom, India, Belgium, Brazil, China, Ireland, Japan and Singapore.

GalaxE.’s Hartford expansion comes as global IT giant Infosys continues to ramp-up its downtown presence. Infosys is in the process of hiring up to 1,000 employees at its new location in downtown’s Goodwin Square building. The company recently said it has hired more than 500 people in Connecticut, including about 125 in Hartford.

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September 5, 2019

I was the 24th employee when I joined TyMetrix as its CFO. I immediately recognized that we faced capacity constraints in our Main Street HQ and moved us into 20 Church Street, the Stilts Building, where we grew to 150 employees within five years. We were CT's fastest growing technology company and the Stilts Building was an excellent fit for us, as I am sure it will be for Galax.E.

September 3, 2019

Encouraging to see Hartford gaining economic momentum.

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