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US software and hardware developer National Instruments (NI) has opened a shared operations center in Costa Rica, the company said in a statement.
The US$700,000 center is part of the company's expansion plan to offer services to customers in North, Central and South America.
Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla said at the opening that NI had chosen the country because it offers the "stability, business climate and human resources to ensure that their operations will be a success."
Since the center opening was initially announced, the NI Costa Rica project has been carried out ahead of schedule, and by the end of the year it is expected to have more than 70 employees. Over the next five years, the new center is expected to employ 200 people in areas such as customer relationship management, financial services, IT and sales operations focused on supporting customers in the Americas.
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has some 6,100 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries worldwide.