LinCom growing quickly

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The local office of a communications systems engineering and software development company will be growing faster than other offices of its Los Angeles-based parent, doubling its staff in 1996.

LinCom Corp. established a local office in 1990 to support a systemwide Air Force contract to write software that directs the management of communications satellites.

Since then, the 22-year-old company has grown to more than $15 million in annual sales with approximately 150 employees in seven offices across the nation. The local office won a five-year, $21.3 million, sole-source contract in 1993 and has grown from one employee to 28 and is still hiring. The office is also doing some commercial work with a local company that will cause it to need more support personnel, according to Jim Durocher, manager for the Colorado Springs office. He declined to name the local company.

"The biggest expansion will be there in Colorado because they’re funneling more work there and people want to live there," said Corinne Leslie, director of personnel in Los Angeles.

Local administrative manager Jennifer Streckfus said the company is expanding slowly because the skill sets needed are so specific. She said they typically hire former military and that they keep track of retiring and separating personnel.

The company develops software for applications including those used in spacecraft, virtual reality, computer aided training, and simulation systems.