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Software company to bring 191 jobs to Catawba County

Gov. Pat McCrory, seen in a photo from May, announced Tuesday that Blue Bloodhound, a provider of trucking-industry software, would create 191 new jobs over the next three years in Catawba County.
Gov. Pat McCrory, seen in a photo from May, announced Tuesday that Blue Bloodhound, a provider of trucking-industry software, would create 191 new jobs over the next three years in Catawba County. hlynch@newsobserver.com

Blue Bloodhound, a provider of trucking-industry software, is establishing operations in downtown Hickory and plans to create 191 new jobs over the next three years, Gov. Pat McCrory announced Tuesday.

The company has developed software designed to assist truck drivers with keeping safety records, remind them of renewal deadlines and locate job opportunities for Class A and B drivers, which are determined by the vehicle’s weight.

Blue Bloodhound’s new operations will be located in the historic Moretz Mills building in downtown Hickory.

McCrory said Blue Bloodhound will boost North Carolina’s efforts to position itself as the technology center of the Southeast.

“This is a cutting-edge company with exciting new technology to help the nation’s trucking industry be more efficient,” McCrory said in a release.

Blue Bloodhound plans to invest $400,000 in the city of Hickory over the next three years, as well.

It will hire for positions in customer service, accounting and marketing. The average annual salary of the new jobs will be $46,368, higher than the Catawba County average of $36,770.

The county’s unemployment rate stood at 5.2 percent in April, the most recent data available.

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