California IT Company Follows Toyota to Plano

Orange People seeks growth in North Texas

Orange People CEO Raghav Putrevu has quite the view from his second floor office along North Dallas Parkway. In the distance, cranes tower over the construction site at Toyota's North American Headquarters.

"There's a lot of energy here. There's a lot of progress. There is a lot of development," said Putrevu. "It's exciting for a small company like us. It's an opportunity."

Orange People, named one of the Top 500 fastest growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine, employs more than 100 people. Nearly half of the employees have committed to a permanent move to Plano, Putrevu said.

Toyota is Orange People's biggest client.

"When Toyota announced their move about two years ago, that's when we really started to look at this market," Putrevu said. "It is a big reason for our move. They are our most valued client. We've been a business partner with them for five years now."

Orange People provides multiple services, including information security, data warehousing, systems integration, data management and cloud computing.

"The way I look it, this will become our hub. Southern California will still remain a strong anchor for us," Putrevu said. "From a family standpoint, it is a little bit of a challenge because we have Southern California roots. We a lot of of family, friends and a strong network, but once we considered the move, we were discovering a lot of connections here."

Orange People is currently leasing an office, but Putrevu is looking for a permanent space close to the Toyota campus.

Putrevu said Orange People will double its workforce in two years. Most of the hires will be recruits from North Texas.

"It's just not about supporting our existing client. There's a huge opportunity for us here," Putrevu said.

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