AMERICOM Government Services, a satellite telecommunications company that opened in the Technical Innovation Center at Hagerstown Community College in 1999, expects to move into a 30,000-square-foot building in Hunt Ridge Business Park by July and more than double its work force by 2009, according to the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.
"That's something that we're really excited about because it shows the evolution of a business that was out at the Technical Innovation Center," said Cassandra H. Latimer, marketing specialist for the EDC. "If you look at what we have, we've got two tremendous telecommunications businesses right here in Washington County."
In addition to AGS, Mountainside Teleport Corp., a subsidiary of the Washington, D.C.-based Intelstat Global Services Corp., opened at Friendship Technology Park in 2003 and employs about 28 workers, according to the EDC's 2005 business and industry directory.
AGS, a subsidiary of Princeton, N.J.-based SES AMERICOM, offers comprehensive, satellite-based communications solutions and does extensive work with government agencies, including NASA, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army. SES AMERICOM also operates AGS facilities in Princeton and McLean, Va.