Avitus Group Set to Hire 80 in Billings; Governor Bullock & Big Sky Economic Development Announce Award of Job Creation & Training Dollars to Business Services Company
Montana Governor Steve Bullock & Big Sky Economic Development Group Officials Congratulate One of State’s Top 10 Largest Employers on Plans to Add More Jobs to State & Local Economy; Officially Announce Avitus Group as Recipient of Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund Job Creation and State of Montana Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant
“Montana’s economy is continuing to grow, and it’s important we don’t take our foot off the gas,” said Governor Bullock. “I am pleased that the state can work together with private industry in creating opportunities for job growth. Avitus Group drives small business growth in Billings and throughout Montana, helping to create more opportunities for workers and to build a stronger and more competitive economy.”
In a surprise ceremony for Avitus Group staff and management, March 9, 2016, Governor Steve Bullock and Big Sky Economic Development executives officially announced Avitus Group as a recipient of both the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund Job Creation Program and theState of Montana Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant. The awards mean Avitus Group must hire 58 internal employees in Yellowstone County in the next year, and provide training to those new hires. Avitus Group has the option to re-apply for a second year, bringing the total number of hires to 80. Funding is released as Avitus Group spends matched dollars on new hires in Yellowstone County.
“Avitus Group is growing at a rapid pace. We’re confident we’ll hire more than 80 employees in the next two years in our Billings Operations Center. We made a committment to this community and state back in 1996 when we founded our company in Billings. Today, 20 years later, we’re here to stay, and very excited to announce our plans to hire additional staff,” says President of Avitus Payroll Services, Inc. and Avitus Business Services, Inc. Ken Balster.
Avitus Group’s largest Operations Center is located in Billings in the Wells Fargo building downtown. Avitus Group occupies more than 32,000 square feet on floors 6, 7, 8 and 10. In January, 2016, the company renovated half of the 10th floor to accommodate growth. Plans are set to add additional square footage starting in 2017. Avitus Group currently has more than 260 internal employees nationwide. 155 of those employees are located in the Billings Operations Center.
“We’re making an investment in Montana. It makes business sense for our company. Montana has some of the hardest working, most skilled employees, and I’m honored to get to work with 155 of them each day in Billings,” says Avitus, Inc. President Don Reile.
Nationwide, Avitus Group is one of the largest employers in the co-employment industry with thousands of worksite employees. Approximately 3,500 of those worksite employees are located in Montana, making the company one of the state’s top 10 largest employers.
“Big Sky Economic Development is very excited for the growth and commitment Avitus group has made to our community through workforce expansion. We are fortunate to live in a state where there are programs like the Big Sky Trust Fund and Primary Sector Workforce Training Grants that assist private businesses to help them expand and train their workforce. Big Sky Economic Development is proud to be part of this process,” says Big Sky Economic Development Executive Director Steve Arveschoug.
“We’re very grateful for the job creation and training dollars. Thank you to the state of Montana and Big Sky Economic Development for selecting us. We’re truly honored,” says Avitus Group Public Relations Manager, Dianne Parker. “Training is a critical piece of our business model, and we couldn’t experience this type of growth and provide the same high level of service our customers have come to expect without exceptional training and staff at each of our offices.”
Avitus Group is a worldwide company that simplifies, strengthens and grows businesses by providing ‘back office’ support (payroll, accounting, taxes, recruiting, information technology, and more). When a business partners with Avitus Group, all of the necessary yet burdensome functions of the business become Avitus Group’s responsibility, so the business can focus on what it does best. Avitus Group serves clients nationwide through regional office locations from coast to coast. The company also serves international clients through partner locations in Europe, Canada, China, England, India, Japan and Singapore.