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Details on Kingland closing Roch. office

As promised, here's more on the Kingland in Rochester situation:

An Iowa technology company plans to close its Rochester office in November.

Kingland Systems Corp. has 15 software developers working in its Rochester office at 2900 43rd St. N.W.

"The majority of them (employees) have been offered positions" at the company's headquarters in Clear Lake, Iowa, says Chief Financial Officer Todd Rognes. The company does not have any information yet on how many, if any, employees will accept the relocation offer.

The company creates and sells a variety of software products and operates data storage centers.

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Kingland announced its plans to consolidate its Rochester office with its corporate headquarters in mid-January. It also has a office in Ames, Iowa.

"Due to our size, we've determined it makes sense to consolidate," said Rognes.

The Rochester office was opened in 1999 by Peter L. Streit, who had formerly worked at IBM Rochester. He was named chief operating officer of Kingland Systems Corp. in 2003.

The Olmsted County United Way presented the Momentum Award to Rochester office in 2005 for its contributions to the various United Way programs.

Beside United Way, Kingland also has a relationship with IBM Rochester.

However, Rognes does not see that being hurt by the move out of the proximity of the Rochester IBM facility.

"Regardless of geography, we have a lot interaction with IBM," he said.

Kingland was founded in 1992. Its software programs focus on financial services, accounting, government agencies, and general corporate governance.

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Overall, the company is strong, says Rognes.

"Our business has still been very positive and is growing," he said.

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