Atlanta military contractor Envistacom, which is opening a new engineering office in Duluth, supplies equipment like this 4.8 meter satellite communications dish and equipment shelter (left) that can be deployed to remote military sites. Photo courtesy of Envistacom.

Rise of cyber and terrorism threats powers fast growth at Atlanta firm

An Atlanta defense contractor that has grown rapidly with the rise of cyber attacks and terrorism is opening a new engineering center in Duluth.

Envistacom said the new center will open early next year with about 20 engineering and other technical workers, but is expected to grow to as many as 70 employees by next fall.

“A new and dedicated engineering facility is key to furthering our track record of innovation in technology development and its application to meet customer needs as they face rising global threats,” said Alyssa Carson, Envistacom’s president and founder.

The privately-owned company, which was launched in Atlanta in 2011, has about 120 employees now and its expected to grow to more than 160 within a year.

“We are one of the fastest growing companies in Atlanta,” said Envistacom Vice President Nelson Santini.

Earlier this year, the Association for Corporate Growth’s Atlanta chapter named Envistacom as one of the 40 fastest-growing companies in Georgia.

The company initially supplied satellite communications systems for the military, said Santini.

But it has since branched out to supply equipment and experts to operate cyber-security and counter-terrorism software and communications equipment in Chantilly, Va., Iraq, and other locations for the military, FBI, National Security Agency and other government customers under multi-year contracts. The National Reconnaissance Office, a U.S. intelligence agency that builds and operates spy satellites, in based in Chantilly.

Santini said the new jobs in Duluth will be “highly technical, engineering types. ” Most of the new hires will have salaries in the $50,000 to $100,000 range, the company said. Many of the firm’s employees are military veterans, Santini said.

Here’s a link to the company’s job listings.

He said only a handful of employees are transferring from Envistacom’s headquarters at Six Concourse Parkway, the distinctive buildings on the Northside Perimeter locally known as the King and Queen.

“It’s all new work coming into the (Duluth) area,” said Santini. He said the Duluth location was chosen because some of its suppliers are nearby, and it has easy access to the Interstate 85 corridor and Hartsfield-Jackson airport.

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