JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that Unite Private Networks, a provider of high-bandwidth, fiber-based communications networks and services in 20 states, is expanding its headquarters and growing in the Kansas City metro area. The company expects to create up to 30 new jobs over the next five years as the company continues to invest significantly in telecommunications infrastructure in the state.
“Kansas City continues to strengthen its role as a hub for tech talent thanks to cutting edge companies like UPN which are creating jobs and growing their business,” Gov. Nixon said. “I congratulate UPN on their continued success and the high-paying, highly skilled jobs they have created for Missouri.”
UPN offers its services to schools, governments, carriers, data centers, hospitals and enterprise business customers, and has seen tremendous growth in the past two years. Earlier this year, the company signed a deal to implement a next generation network for a major school district in the Kansas City metro. Opening its doors in 1998, the company has a long-standing history in the Kansas City region.
“We are proud to continue to call the KC metro our home,” said Kevin Anderson, Chairman & CEO of UPN. “We’ve created nearly 100 new jobs over the last couple of years, with the majority being right here in Kansas City, and we plan to continue that growth into the future.”
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in coming months at the company’s new 15,000 sq. ft. office in Zona Rosa, a Kansas City tech hub and mixed-use urban center. UPN’s expanded headquarters will allow it to better serve its customers.
To assist Unite Private Networks with its expansion, the Missouri Department of Economic Development offered a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation criteria.