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Local services firm plans expansion, up to 100 jobs

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Business services firm First Advantage said Tuesday that it plans to move its operational headquarters from St. Petersburg, Fla., to its local offices in Fishers, creating up to 100 jobs in the process.

The company, which already has more than 200 workers in Fishers, plans to hire 50 workers immediately and another 50 by 2015, it said.
 
First Advantage, which offers a wide range of employee-recruitment services, said it will invest $3.7 million to renovate and install new IT equipment at its 44,000-square-foot space at 9800 Crosspoint Blvd.

Jobs will be offered in information technology, business operations, sales and client services. The firm plans job fairs at its offices on Sept. 19 and Sept. 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered First Advantage up to $1.8 million in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. Fishers is offering additional incentives.

Founded in 2003, First Advantage was established as a provider of background investigations and substance-abuse testing services. It is now owned by private equity firm Symphony Technology Group and provides recruiting, applicant tracking, screening and assessment, and other services.

Last year, the firm consolidated two local offices into its existing location in the Marsh Supermarkets headquarters building in Crosspoint business park.

The company has international offices in the United Kingdom and Asia Pacific.
 

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