Tech company Infoblox has confirmed its commitment to growth in Tacoma, announcing today that it has designated its local office as a “Center of Excellence for Technology Innovation” and a “Hiring Hub.”

The company has nearly doubled its employee count from its initial hiring phase and is planning to expand its headcount to as much as 150 people by the end of 2018. Two weeks ago, lead corporate recruiter Zachary Neiman said that his team is looking for another 20+ to join the downtown Tacoma location before the end of this year, and that Tacoma “will likely become the largest location” of the Silicon Valley-based firm.

When Infoblox leaders were seeking to establish a new Center of Excellence, they considered 12 different communities across the nation. The site selection criteria focused on areas with higher education institutions that produce qualified computer engineering graduates, were close to established tech companies, and offered an affordable cost-of-living for its employees.

 “We were looking for a place that had many of the factors employees look for to work, play, and raise a family,” said Norma Lane, executive vice president of people and places at Infoblox. “Tacoma proved itself to be the top place for Infoblox to attract and retain talent.”

The talented pool of tech workers at nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord combined with the involvement of city, county, and state leaders makes Tacoma a desirable business partner and location for growing a business, according to a statement from Infoblox.

“This new Center of Excellence for Technology Innovation anchors another important global software firm in Washington state, and further diversifies our powerful tech sector beyond the Greater Seattle area,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “Infoblox is building lasting partnerships that will provide outstanding training and job opportunities in Pierce County, particularly for the many talented men and women leaving military service at JBLM.”