According to Deb Smit, writer for Pop City, Seegrid Corporation CEO Anthony Horbal was recently interviewed. Pop City is a weekly e-magazine and website that connects the people and places that are making Pittsburgh a lively, diverse and livable city. The e-publication is read by 37,535 subscribers weekly.
The article, titled, “Seegrid's business is booming, hiring 20-30 this year”, may be read in its entirety at http://www.popcitymedia.com/
Horbal has been named CEO of the company, a developer and manufacturer of industrial forklifts; Scott Friedman, formerly CEO, has assumed the title of president. The company expects to add 20 to 30 people this year, bringing the total company to between 90 and 100 people. Seegrid is looking to hire electrical, mechanical and software engineers and plans to expand its sales force. Truck drivers are also in demand.
Driving growth is a partnership with Raymond Corp., a subsidiary of Toyota, and another European partner, two of the largest manufacturers worldwide of industrial trucks, tractors, forklifts and pallet jacks, machinery that is used indoors, often in warehouse settings.
The company also hopes to establish a presence in Asia and possibly China, but more hiring needs to take place first, Horbal says. The company will be shipping to three continents out of Pittsburgh.
Founded in 2003, Seegrid’s robotic technology was developed by Dr. Hans Moravec, a professor at CMU, considered a godfather of artificial intelligence. The company remains committed to Pittsburgh.
“The point is we have to do more to invest in ourselves globally here,” says Horbal. “We have to feed the fires that are burning in the local economy and keep the jobs here.”
The biggest challenge is finding enough good workers, he adds. It’s a systemic issue that goes back to how we educate students. To address this, Seegrid is supporting STEM (science, math, technology and engineering)