Opportunity from turmoil: GalaxE.Solutions looks to expand footprint in Michigan

Posted on November 17, 2011

If you live in Metro Detroit, you’ve probably heard about GalaxE.Solutions’ “Outsource to Detroit” campaign spearheaded by the company’s CEO and Chairman Tim Bryan.

(If you haven’t, just look to the center of downtown Detroit for the 10-story sign.)

And as the New Jersey-based IT company, which specializes in the healthcare industry, continues its march toward hiring 500 people for its downtown office, Bryan looks to expand the company’s reach in Michigan.

“We’re looking forward to having a significant Michigan footprint, and we will, but we’ll take the fact that most of the work we’re doing is coming from outside because it’s validating exactly what we said the opportunity was (in Detroit),” he said during a keynote speech at the 2012 Michigan Emerging business conference at Cobo Hall in Detroit.

Almost all the work the company does in Detroit comes from outside of the state and country, according to Bryan. He said the business coming to the Motor City truly “validates” the company’s“Outsource to Detroit” model.

Bryan, as he has expressed previously, said Detroit is the most cost-efficient city in the country to do business. He said the double-digit unemployment rate means there is a ready-to-work workforce, as well as cheap office space and some of the world’s top higher education institutes in the world.

“Because this city has undergone some challenges, because there have been some problems here, it means the cost of business is low,” he said. “But it also means the high-quality individuals and people who are willing to be trained or trainable are available for employment and will represent stability and value in the workplace.”

GalaxE.Solutions has about 140 employees in the Detroit office it opened in April 2010 and is looking to hire about 200 workers now.

“We’re very bullish about what’s going on here,” Bryan said after his keynote speech. “We think we really struck gold here in Detroit.

“And we really think Campus Martius-area is going to be a downtown hub for IT and Galaxe is going to play a permanent role right alongside Quicken and Compuware.”

Bryan has twice met with Obama administration officials about how Detroit workers provide a low-cost but high-quality alternative to overseas information technology workers.