MorphoTrust expands its Springfield operations

Growth in the identity services industry has lead Tennessee-based company MorphoTrust to open a new facility in Springfield, Illinois, according to a company statement. MorphoTrust's biometric technology business, which includes making driver's licenses and fingerprint scanners, has increased because of TSA screening initiatives and Universal Enrollment Services programs.

MorphoTrust has done business in Springfield for 20 years and is one of the largest private sector employers in the city. This expansion means the company will hire at least 50 more workers in addition to retaining their current 106 employees, according to the company statement.

The company will take over the space left behind by AIG Insurance. The insurance company employed more than 400 local workers at one time, but left the location after laying off employees over the last two years, according to The State Journal-Register.

The new space will focus on customer service positions, but will also be home to the IdentoGO Center, a place for enrollment in TSA certifications. The company has opened eight other enrollment centers throughout the U.S., including Washington, Ohio and California.

The expansion is aided by a state tax credit from the Illinois Edge Economic Development Program, which is worth $1 million over the next 10 years as well as $52,500 in job-training funds, according to The State Journal-Register. The tax credit is based on the company adding at least 50 jobs and retaining its current workforce.

But as the business grows, it faces the challenge of finding the right employees.

"As our company's grown from 1,200 people to 1,700 in the last 12 months, we can't find enough good people with the right skills, both in software and in hardware," MorphoTrust Chief Executive Officer Bob Eckel said.

Businesses like MorphoTrust should work with technical recruiters to connect them with the most qualified candidates for their open positions.