National Instruments, a global technology company based in Austin, Texas, inaugurated a shared operations center here Thursday. The new center is expected to employ 200 people over the next five years in customer relationship management, financial services, information technology and sales, said the firm. National Instruments is opening the center, which is expected to be a $700,000 investment by the end of 2011, to optimize global operations to support the company’s growth, it said.
President Laura Chinchilla attended the inauguration, and Casa Presidencial attributed to her the firm’s decision to locate here. However, the company announced its plans 10 months ago.
“The widespread adoption of National Instruments software and hardware has resulted in strong, long-term growth for our company, and the new center in Costa Rica will help us better support our customers in North, Central and South America,” said John Graff, vice president of sales and marketing for Americas at National Instruments, last year when the project was announced. “We selected Costa Rica as the site of our new center because of its competitive business infrastructure, talented workforce and unique culture that promotes education and continuous learning and empowers its people with a drive to succeed.”