BENGALURU — Global software major Infosys Sept. 12 said it is opening a new, U.S.-based technology and innovation hub in Raleigh, North Carolina and will hire 2,000 Americans over the next four years.
"The new hub, which will open in early 2018, will have an initial capacity to house 500 American workers, who will be hired over the next two years and the reminder by 2021," said the company in a statement here.
The hiring in North Carolina is part of the company's May 2 announcement to recruit 10,000 Americans across four U.S. hubs by 2021 to focus on new technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, user experience, emerging digital technologies, cloud and big data.
The hiring of Americans is seen as a response to President Donald Trump's executive order on H-1B visas in April, as clients in North America contribute about 60 percent of the company’s annual $10.3 billion software export revenue.
The North Carolina hub will be second to open, following a hub in Indiana where 2,000 jobs for Americans will be created.
"The investment in North Carolina reinforces our commitment to open four such technology hubs in the U.S. and hire 10,000 Americans over the next four years," said Infosys in the statement.
The new hires will include graduates from North Carolina's colleges and universities, and local professionals who will be able to updated their skills with Infosys training curriculum.
The company will partner with the North Carolina community college system to create a customized program to train the workforce. North Carolina will contribute a $3 million grant towards upskilling workers.
"Innovation, technology, and education are part of who we are as North Carolinians, and along the course of this project, Infosys leaders have found that to be the case every step of the way," said North Carolina Governor Ray Cooper in the statement.
The new technology hub will focus on delivering cutting-edge solutions in AI, machine learning, data and advanced analytics, cloud and big data.
"The hub, located in the innovation incubator of Raleigh, will support the development of co-created solutions for our valued clients in North Carolina and the region around," said Infosys President Ravi Kumar in the statement.
Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane said the city welcomed Infosys as a key member of its community, bolstering its economy, which has seen technology jobs grow at a rate more than double the national average over the last five years.
"The partnership between our city and Infosys will boost innovation and benefit businesses, schools, and workforce development in the area," she said.