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Internet company growing

March 24, 2000

A Hagerstown-based Internet technology company is enlarging its facility and adding workers, according to John Howard, executive director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

NameEngine, formerly VoTiV Systems, plans to add 20 more people by the end of the year and expand into a larger space in the Technical Innovation Center at Hagerstown Community College, according to Howard.

The company plans to create 10 new positions and increase its leased space from 2,000 square feet to about 3,300 square feet in the Technical Innovation Center, a high-tech business incubator facility, according to Alan Sullivan, chief technical officer of NameEngine.

The company plans to hire an additional 10 employees before the end of the year, Sullivan said.

VoTiV Systems recently merged with NameEngine and took its name. Both NameEngine and its subsidiary, RegisterFree, are housed at the college.

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RegisterFree.com is the company's premier product, and the company is known internationally for Internet domain name registration.

NameEngine's growth and success proves that the technology sector is not only welcome in Washington County, but that companies involved in cutting-edge pursuits can find the environment that they need to prosper, Hagerstown Community College President Norman Shea said

"We are very pleased that the state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure at HCC's TIC facility is helping this company expand," Shea said.

Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook welcomed the expansion.

"As our county continues to diversify, it is terrific that companies can show our students that high-tech jobs are here, and good paying jobs are available in our community," Snook said.

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