LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Months after laying off hundreds of workers from its Arkansas facility, Hewlett-Packard Co. on Wednesday announced plans to hire 200 software programmers and analysts at the same center to focus on the technology company's health care clients.
Gov. Mike Beebe and officials with the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said the workers would be hired next year as part of a "regional industry development center" it would establish at its Conway facility. The company currently employs between 600 and 700 workers at the facility.
"We're happy to announce that HP is expanding their presence and will be hiring these folks," Beebe said at a news conference at the state Capitol. "Conway obviously is a great location for it with the higher education facilities available."
John Herzog, account executive for HP, said the new jobs will include software engineers, business analysts and management staff that will work on the company's health care business.
"We're very positive about our growing health care business and we wouldn't expand here if we didn't think we had an opportunity to have these jobs and support that growing business," Herzog said.
The announcement comes months after HP in July laid off 500 workers from its Conway customer support center, which it opened in 2010.