Data Storage Co. Isilon to Grow Fast in Plymouth

The Seattle-based company plans to significantly grow both its workforce and the size of its new Plymouth facility between now and the end of 2011.

Data storage company Isilon Systems, Inc., recently relocated its Twin Cities-area facility to Plymouth-where the company plans to achieve rapid growth over the next 16 months.

The facility will employ 25 engineers and five support staff when it officially opens its doors on Thursday, but Seattle-based Isilon said that it plans to bring in more than 50 additional employees by the end of 2010 and to grow its number of technical and support staff to more than 100 over the course of the next year.

Isilon previously operated a hardware engineering facility in Osseo, which employed between 15 and 20 people. At the Plymouth location, the company will additionally house a live call center-its second in the United States, Isilon spokesman Lucas Welsh told Twin Cities Business on Tuesday.

By the end of 2011, the Plymouth location will be Isilon's largest U.S. support and global call center. Employees there will help serve Isilon's nearly 1,500 customers around the world.

“As we looked to expand Isilon's global services capabilities, Minnesota was a logical choice,” Bill Wolack, Isilon's vice president of global services, said in a statement. “Our previous operations in Osseo gave us a clear picture of the high caliber of technical personnel and facilities the Minneapolis-St. Paul area has to offer.”

As the Plymouth location grows its workforce, the facility itself will also expand. Currently sitting at 23,000 square feet, the facility will expand by an additional 7,000 square feet this year and 5,000 more by the end of next year, according to Welsh.

Isilon is now hiring for positions at the Plymouth facility, which is located at 9600 54th Avenue North, Suite 130. The company has sales offices throughout the United States. But it only has one other call center, which is located in Seattle.

Isilon's 2009 revenue totaled $123.9 million, up 8.3 percent from $114.4 million in 2008.