Information technology company picks Amsterdam for headquarters


Mair Magaw Information Systems, LLC, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday at Riverfront Center in Amsterdam. According to a press release issued by the Montgomery County Business Development Center (MCBDC), the company has decided to make Amsterdam, NY the site of their corporate headquarters, and will begin by utilizing space at the Riverfront Center for their offices in 2016.

The release states, “This announcement is the culmination of many months of work between the MCBDC, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, the City of Amsterdam and company officials. The MCBDC worked closely with company officials in drafting various applications and is currently processing their loan request through the County’s Revolving Loan Fund to help with the acquisition of their potential permanent location in Downtown Amsterdam.”

Aaron Mair, chief executive officer and one of the founders of the company, said on Sunday that cooperation between the MCBDC, Mayor Ann Thane, and Fulton-Montgomery Community College were key factors in the decision to locate in Amsterdam. To start, Mair said he expects to be able to create five full-time jobs in 2016 as well as five internship positions for FMCC students.

According to Mair, “Our programs are global in nature, with local impact. Our software programs work around the world, from forecasting monsoon effects on specific areas of India, sending communications to local schools in Maine, and to facilitating fresh food delivery to under-served inner city, rural food deserts in the US. We have partners in India, Maine, California, Albany, NY.”

Mair said his company’s technology is currently being used in southern India to provide weather information via cell phones to approximately 6800 farmers.

The company is also working with the MCBDC to find a permanent location in the city for their offices. Currently, the firm operates from two locations, one in Portland, Maine and the other in Schenectady, New York. Mair said both locations will be closed and they will begin operating from Amsterdam in 2016.

Tim Becker

Tim Becker is the owner of Anthem Websites Inc. which publishes The Compass. He serves as both editor and a writer.