IBM plans to hire 100 workers in Columbia

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COLUMBIA - After a controversial discussion about IBM layoffs in Columbia last year, the company said it is now planning to add more than 100 employees.

IBM spokesman Clint Roswell said the jobs will be available in the next couple of months.

According a news release, IBM defines the jobs as "new collar," a description of technical jobs that do not always require a four-year college degree, 

"The opportunities will create a new diverse range," Roswell said.

Ryan Hines, an engineering student at MU, said, "For company like IBM, I feel like they might hire a lot of higher education students."

Patrick Lynch, the site leader of IBM Innovation Center, said the new hiring will provide opportunities for people with diverse skills. 

He said, "We're really looking for people are across multiple technical services as well as non-technical areas like project management, security support and different roles that will serve our clients," he said. 

Hines said, "I think the diversity is a great thing for anyone especially have a diverse background, that just help you with general knowledge education, working with others."

IBM also plans changes in its work environment. 

"We are also redesigning and reconfiguring some workspace here to allow for better teaming, to allow for new idea generations, which in my opinion, a better working environment for our employees," Lynch said.

He said the company has reassigned some work-from-home employees to the IBM office.

"We're asking people to come in a more collaborative environment to be able to work face-to-face with their peers, to be able to serve our clients better," he said.  

IBM will host a job fair from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at IBM Innovation Center. 

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