World Wide Technology expands to Kansas City

 St. Louis-based World Wide Technologies Inc. will open a new 3,000-square-foot office in Park Place Leawood as part of its expansion plan. Photo courtesy of Park Place Leawood.

St. Louis-based World Wide Technologies Inc. will open a new 3,000-square-foot office in Park Place Leawood as part of its expansion plan. Photo courtesy of Park Place Leawood.

A market leader in technology integration has selected Kansas City as the home for its newest sales, engineering and development office. World Wide Technology Inc. will open a 3,000-square-foot office at Park Place Leawood in June. Since 2015, the company has hired 16 IT professionals, and plans to add six additional employees by the end of the year.

“WWT is pleased to extend its reach across I-70 to deliver our rapidly growing IT suite of solutions to Kansas City,” said WWT CEO Jim Kavanaugh. “The area’s strong concentration of technology resources, IT professionals, vibrant entrepreneurial culture and proximity to WWT’s St. Louis headquarters all make Kansas City a natural fit.”

The company’s Kansas City location is another milestone on its rapid growth path. Today, it employs nearly 4,000 workers worldwide and is building a $90 million headquarters in St. Louis. WWT has landed on the list of Fortune 100 top companies for five years straight. It’s also number 3 on Fortune’s list of large tech companies, and raked in more than $7 billion in annual revenue in 2015.

“WWT saw impressive growth in Kansas City as we ramped up in 2015, and we expect to grow our revenue by another 30 percent in 2016,” said Jeremy Stalter, regional sales manager for WWT’s Central region. “Our culture is everything to us. We have assembled the right team with some of the top tech talent in the Midwest, and we look forward to becoming a leading tech provider in the region.”

The company sees strong opportunities for growth in Kansas City’s financial services, engineering and healthcare industries. In the public sector, WWT is currently serving as technology project manager for Kansas City’s Smart Cities initiative in partnership with Cisco.