Business grant eyed by Westec as basis for second location

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

IRVINE, Calif.--Interactive video monitoring firm Westec Interactive is in the midst of selecting a city to open a redundant central station, a location that could also become home to several other jobs from the company.
The company applied to three cities for business grants--Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City, Mo.; and Dallas. So far the company has been given the okay by Des Moines for a $500,000 state grant.
"Our business is growing to the point that we have to have a disaster recovery plan and redundancy," said Mitch Johnson, president of Westec Interactive, which is now based here and provides interactive monitoring to 2,000 locations.
Contrary to published reports, Johnson said the company would not close its Irvine, Calif., facility where it employs 85 people. Rather, the new location would be in addition to its current headquarters, but could include other yet to be determined jobs.
Johnson expects the company will decide where it will open another location by the end of July. That decision also hinges upon whether the two other cities that Westec Interactive applied to for business grants give their approval.