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German company selects Grand Rapids for US HQ

November 14, 2018
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Robert Glaser
Robert Glaser. Courtesy AUVESY

A German software company is expanding into the U.S. through a new subsidiary that is headquartered downtown.

AUVESY GmbH, which owns the data management software system versiondog, is expanding into the U.S. via Grand Rapids. It has moved into a space in McKay Tower, at 146 Monroe Center St. NW.

The platform’s increasing volume of business and technical support has been handled by two partners based in Washington and Pennsylvania.

The new location’s director is Robert Glaser, a company shareholder and its former director of research and development. Glaser will also be responsible for staff recruitment. The office currently has three employees and is looking to hire more.

The downtown location is a sales and technical support office for the company’s data management software. It serves North America and is the company's first office outside of Germany. 

Glaser said demand for the company’s service has been growing in the U.S., especially because of the many international businesses with manufacturing operations in the country.

"Our expansion into America is therefore a natural response to this increasing demand,” Glaser said. “We aim to gradually expand our team, especially with regard to recruiting additional sales representatives."

Tim Weckerle, CEO of AUVESY, said: "Our expansion into the U.S.A. is an integral milestone in the pursuit of our global strategy.”

NAI Wisinksi of West Michigan handled the lease for the office, with “direction” from The Right Place, a Grand Rapids-based economic development nonprofit.

AUVESY

AUVESY, which stands for automated versioning systems, was founded in 2007 and is based in Landau, Germany.

The company has clients in more than 40 countries in various industries, such as automotive, food, beverage and pharmaceutical.

The company has about 65 employees and 15 international distributors.

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