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Schenectady company expands to India to attract programmers

October 07, 2019 05:54 PM

SCHENECTADY -- Transfinder, a company based in Schenectady, announced its second international expansion. 

The head of the company says they need the workforce to keep up with demand, and that more programmers worldwide could mean the company will keep growing in Schenectady. 

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NewsChannel 13 went to the headquarters of Transfinder on State Street in Schenectady - near Proctors, and we met with CEO Antonio Civitella as he announced a second international office in India that is slated to open next year.

He opened Transfinder Shanghai in China four years ago.

Transfinder is primarily a school bus routing and logistics company. The company also provides software to places like the city of Schenectady to monitor snowplows.

As NewsChannel 13 reported two years ago, city officials said they could use the data to clean more roads by making snowplow routes more efficient.

The company has done many things to recruit programmers locally and nationally, including things like a Hack-a-thon in February 2018, as well as in-house job fairs and using recruiters.

However, the company president said they are not filling critical roles fast enough, and that the offices in China, and now India, help them get the specialized workforce to meet demand.  

"We're looking for very specific skill sets. Our mapping technology uses GIS, but it needs different programmers," said Civitella. "So we're looking throughout the world for those different skill sets and we found good success in China and of course now we're moving to India with those type of skill sets. We're obviously still looking for those type of people here in Schenectady."

Transfinder helps school districts create routes that are more efficient, but also safe, with more right-hand pick-ups and trying to minimize the number of students who have to cross a street to get the bus. 

"So that's what really makes our solution even more appealing," said Civitella.  "But there's a huge shortage of drivers today and every school and even locally here have this big "drivers are wanted!"  So our solutions are more in a position to find efficiencies. Always consider the safety aspect, but how can we save them vehicles because of the driver shortage."

Civitella is so confident his company will expand in Schenectady, he even bought the building next door. 

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Kumi Tucker

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