Community Leaders Congratulate Web.com on Growth Plans
1/25/2012 10:30:00 AM
Mayor Alvin Brown, JAXUSA Partnership, a division of the JAX Chamber, and community leaders congratulated Web.com Group Inc. (Nasdaq: WWWW) today on its plans to create more than 200 new jobs during the next two years, with a majority of the new positions slated for its Jacksonville headquarters.
“It is encouraging to see growth in the technology sector as we all work together to build opportunity in Jacksonville,” said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. “Web.com’s success is helping keep the focus on good paying jobs that foster careers with salaries and growth potential to empower workers to purchase homes and strengthen communities.”
Providing a range of Web services for small businesses worldwide, the publicly traded company has steadily grown since its inception in Jacksonville in 1997 and now has 450 employees locally. After the acquisition of Register.com in 2010 and Network Solutions in 2011, Web.com tripled its sales volume and increased its number of customers from 275,000 to nearly 3 million.
“As a Jacksonville native, I am excited to grow our company in my hometown and contribute to economic development in the region,” said David Brown, Web.com’s chairman, CEO and founder. “We already know first-hand the reasons Jacksonville is the best location for growing our headquarters. The quality of life, cost of living and workforce are top notch.”
The new positions include writers, editors, graphic designers, and web fulfillment as well as managerial positions in marketing, finance and information technology. The compensation packages range from $25,000 to $150,000.
“Web.com is a shining example of a successful, homegrown company based in Jacksonville,” said JAX Chamber Chair Tom Van Berkel, who is chairman and CEO of The Main Street America Group. “Not only are we thrilled to welcome the additional jobs and investment to our community, we are proud that Web.com represents the entrepreneurial spirit of our city and region.”
Web.com has more than 1,700 employees and operations in 14 locations throughout North America, South America and the United Kingdom. With the most recent acquisition of Network Solutions, the company is adding resources in Jacksonville to accelerate the marketing outreach to new customers and reinforce office support for the additional 2 million customers it now serves. Its Jacksonville employee base has increased by 10 percent in just the last two months.
In Nov. 2011, Forbes Magazine named Jacksonville one of the best cities for technology jobs. The Innovate Northeast Florida Phase 1 report stated that the technology industry is significantly contributing to Northeast Florida’s economy. The number of tech jobs in Northeast Florida is on the rise, increasing 27 percent between 2005 and 2010 – the third highest rate of all the benchmark regions.