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Stratacache’s Optika division brings high-tech jobs to Ohio

BY CSA STAFF

Stratacache, a leading provider of scalable, high-performance digital signage, content distribution and enterprise video acceleration technologies, has announced its Optika specialty display division has opened a new, state-of-the-art optical bonding and display enhancement facility in Huber Heights, Ohio.

The 25,000-sq.ft. facility will be home to Optika’s bonding, resizing, lighting and advanced testing operations, along with a new outdoor digital signage research and testing area.

To support the new facility, the company plans to hire up to 30 additional employees by the end of 2014.

“Stratacache is pleased to celebrate the opening of Optika’s new facility,” said Stratacache CEO Chris Riegel. “The growth of Optika throughout the past several months has been nothing short of remarkable and we are confident that this expansion will further accelerate the pace of business and allow us to add new products.”

Along with expanding Stratacache’s specialty display service offerings for its digital merchandising, digital signage and digital interactive solutions worldwide, Optika serves the needs of specialty display markets in QSR, military, transportation, retail, gaming, financial services and digital out-of-home advertising.

“Finding a facility that met our strict requirements and provided us with the resources to manufacture our current optical bonding products along with develop new solutions was only the first step,” said Optika CEO Jason Meyer. “With everything now in place, we’re excited to surge forward and focus on expanding our customer base and solution offerings globally from our new Ohio facility.”

Stratacache launched Optika in August. Stratacache works with more than 300 of the world’s largest firms in the retail, finance, service, hospitality, manufacturing, media and government sectors.

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Report: J.C. Penney will hire 35K holiday workers

BY Dan Berthiaume

Plano, Texas – J.C. Penney Co., Inc. will reportedly hire about 35,000 seasonal workers for the upcoming holiday season. According to Reuters, holiday workers will help perform tasks such as assisting customers and updating price signage.

J.C. Penney also hired about 35,000 seasonal employees during the 2011 holiday season. The retailer did not release holiday hiring figures last year.

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Krispy Kreme to open 25 stores in Colombia

BY Dan Berthiaume

Winston-Salem, N.C. – Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation has signed its first development agreement in South America with Bogota-based IRCC Ltda., a subsidiary of the VA! Group. Under the agreement, IRCC expects to develop 25 stores in major cities throughout Colombia, including Bogota, Medellin and Barranquilla, during the next five years.

"This is a very exciting and important announcement for Krispy Kreme as we enter the market in South America with IRCC, the leader and a true innovator in the Colombian food service industry," said Jeff Welch, Krispy Kreme president, international. "Colombia offers Krispy Kreme an attractive opportunity with its growing economy and long customer experience with international brands. We are confident that IRCC, with 30 years of experience delighting customers in Colombia and Latin America through their world-class brands, will be a great partner as we bring the one-of-a-kind Krispy Kreme experience to Colombia."

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