FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017 file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice delivers his first State of the State speech in Charleston, W.Va. Justice is switching parties to join Republicans as President Donald Trump plans a visit to the increasingly conservative state. (AP Photo/Walter Scriptunas II, File)

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CHARLESTON - Global technology company Infor will open its first West Virginia office in Charleston and create 100 new technology jobs, Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday.

Infor develops business cloud software, specialized by specific industries. Its products are used in sectors that range from aerospace to manufacturing to professional services.

"I applaud their (Infor's) commitment to hiring West Virginians and to working with our local higher education institutions to help keep more of our graduates right here at home," Justice said in a news release. "With the expansion of Infor, we can better attract other growing tech companies and show them why doing business in West Virginia is a great investment."

The Charleston operation will run cloud applications for local, state and federal government agencies and the contractors who support them. Infor will hire 100 technical employees for specialized positions in software engineering, cloud operations and consulting and support services, according to Justice's office. The Charleston operation will grow as it adds more customers.

Infor also plans to partner with Marshall University and West Virginia State University to develop a technical talent pipeline, according to the governor's office. The company's Educational Alliance Program aims to connect students and professionals with more software, training and career opportunities.

"This expansion could be the beginning of a real game changer for Charleston and the Kanawha Valley," said Ed Gaunch, Secretary of Commerce, in the release.

Justice said in the release he's glad the company plans to provide opportunities to keep West Virginia's young, talented people here in the state for a good paying job after graduation.

Sen. Joe Manchin said in a news release he was thrilled about Infor's plans.

"Strengthening and diversifying West Virginia's economy is one of my highest priorities in the United States Senate and today's announcement continues to grow the emerging technology sector in our state with an industry leader," he said. "I'm pleased to have had the opportunity to meet with Infor CEO Charles Phillips and his team on a number of occasions over the last year to discuss our skilled workforce and solidify the positive value of doing business in the Mountain State."

To learn more about the company and current employment opportunities with the Charleston office, visit infor.com/about/careers.