A familiar high-tech name is returning to Colorado Springs, albeit with a different mission and smaller presence than during its heyday of more than 30 years ago.
Ampex Data Systems plans to hire 15 to 30 employees - including software and hardware engineers and on-site information technology personnel - for a Springs operation that will support its cybersecurity and machine learning technologies, company officials said Friday.
The company will launch its Springs operation in November and plans to conduct hiring events starting next week. Ampex eventually might expand its local operation, although it's unknown how many more employees could be added, said Cindy Guerrero, the company's human resources administrator.
Ampex, based in Northern California's Silicon Valley, produces "high-capacity, high-performance digital storage systems" used mainly in applications that gather digital images and other data from aircraft, satellites and submarines, the company's website says. It's a subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based Delta Information Systems.
Ampex's Springs operation will support production of those digital storage systems, but manufacturing or assembly will not be the focus of the local office, Guerrero said.
The company chose the Springs because it liked the city's educated workforce and wanted to be near clients, which include the Department of Defense and defense contractors, company officials said.
Ampex's history dates to the 1940s, when the Ampex Electric and Manufacturing Co. - as it was then known - began producing audio recording equipment, according to its website. It later produced video recorders and developed instant replay.
In the 1980s, Ampex was one of the largest private employers in Colorado Springs with upward of 1,600 people at an east-side video recorder manufacturing plant on Wooten Road.
Financial troubles, however, led to bankruptcies and the drastic reduction of Ampex's workforce in Colorado Springs. By 2004, the company had sold its plant.
To staff its new Springs operation, Ampex will conduct a job fair for veterans from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.
Also, a local hiring event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road. Interviews will be conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 2570 Tenderfoot Hill St.
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