Paso Robles-based software firm IQMS broke ground on a second 30,000-square-foot building on Nov. 14.
The company makes software that manufacturers use to track production and plan for materials purchases. With a strong customer base in the automotive component manufacturing industry, the company has been expanding its offers with new sensors and hardware that let factory managers monitor production machines from a tablet computer as they walk a factory floor.
The company said it will spend nearly $5 million for a second two-story building next to its existing Wisteria Lane headquarters, which it also built from scratch, near the city’s airport. The company said it is building the new offices because it is fast running out of space. IQMS hired 16 people in September and plans to hire 120 more over the next two years, the company said in a statement.
“The groundbreaking of our new building could not have come soon enough,” IQMS President Randy Flamm said in a statement. “With nearly 100 employees at our center of operations, we are at capacity. Add to the equation all the recent employees and projected hires we plan to add to the IQMS team and we are practically bursting at the seams. We joke internally that at the rate we are growing, as soon as we move into the new building, we are going to have to immediately begin construction on a third!”
The company said it tapped RRM Design Group of San Luis Obispo to design the new building to match its existing headquarters. IQMS also said that it has purchased land across from its current building sites for possible future development.