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PITTSBURGH-After considering Montreal, Toronto and Minneapolis for its permanent North American headquarters, Sycor Americas Inc. has decided to relocate here. With the help of a $360,000 incentive package, the US arm of Gottingen, Germany-based Sycor GmbH will relocate from Three Penn Center West to larger quarters at One Penn Center West this May.

The information technology consulting firm opened a one-person office here in 2005. The relocation begins with 2,549 sf of office space with room to expand. James Marczak, the company’s president and CEO, says it plans to increase its North American labor force to more than 100 by 2009.

Gov. Ed Rendell’s action team and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development coordinated the incentive package. It will be doled out over three years and consists of up to $100,000 from the state’s opportunity grant program, up to $100,000 in customized job training funds and up to $160,000 in job creation tax credits. In a statement, Rendell says, “The company’s decision to invest and grow here will translate into new professional opportunities in fields that are experiencing impressive growth.”

Marczak says Sycor will use the funds for training and recruiting. He also says the company plans a $3-million investment, which includes $1.7 million in leasehold improvements and new office equipment. The locally based Soffer Organization owns the multi-building Penn Center West business park. According to its website, the asking rent rate at the 91,672-sf One Penn Center West is $21.50 per sf.

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