A Maryland-based company that takes reservations for the state’s campsites and cabins will open an operations center in Indiana that’s projected to employ about 230 people by the end of 2008, officials have reported.
InfoSpherix, which has handled reservation calls for Indiana for the past four years, will open the center in Carmel, north of Indianapolis. Under a four-year contract, it must employ at least 34 Hoosiers full-time and the state will pay less for each reservation the company handles.
The state paid the Beltsville, Md.-based company about $1.1 million last year, but is now projected to save between $50,000 to $90,000 annually under the deal, said Kyle Hupfer, director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
He and Gov. Mitch Daniels said InfoSpherix plans to bring its operations for South Dakota and their National Park Service contract to Indiana by year’s end. The company said it already has signed a building lease in Carmel and has started hiring management employees.
“No longer will you be speaking to someone out-of-state when you make a reservation at a state park campground,” Daniels said in a news release.
The DNR projects between 450,000 and 525,000 night stays per year during the term of the new contract.