SAS founder, Jim Goodnight, continues to invest in jobs and facilities for the Cary-based headquarters campus:
Goodnight celebrated the completion of the 220,000-square-foot “Q” Building last week. Q is the 23rd building on the SAS Cary campus, and houses the SAS Analytics Lab for state and local government. “In 2011, we promised to add 100 highly qualified professionals dedicated to helping our state and local government customers,” Goodnight said of the SAS Analytics Lab. “We did better – growing it another 90 percent by hiring 224 people in that area.”
The Q Building will also house SAS Solutions on Demand, an innovative cloud solutions unit. Goodnight said SAS may create 600 new positions over the next three years, though he did specify which area or unit would be hiring. “We are always looking for talent and there are certain jobs where we would hire somebody on the spot if they meet the criteria,” Goodnight said. “But we don’t want to grow too fast. If you grow too fast, your expenses will outrun your revenue.”
Goodnight gave many reasons for choosing the Cary campus for investment, loyalty being among them. “This is my state. I was born here. There’s a feeling of loyalty,” he said in response to the question: “You could build anywhere and hire anywhere. Why Here?”
Goodnight also sees a lot of talent in the area, referring to the steady stream of NC State graduates and the Research Triangle Park technology hub.
SAS has 300 developed acres in the Cary campus, with 600 acres still available. Goodnight says plans are already underway for a 24th building, which will be ready in about four years.