Impression Works, a software development company that specializes in mobile technology, is moving out of LSU’s Louisiana Business and Technology Center after landing a contract with the Alliance Safety Council to help recruit construction workers.
Impression Works was founded by Travis Broussard in January 2011. It moved into the business incubator at the start of 2012 and began working on an app called Mobile Job Force. MJF was introduced in March for the restaurant industry to connect job applicants with restaurant managers.
Kathy Trahan, chief executive officer and president of the Alliance Safety Council, said her organization wanted to adapt MJF for the construction industry because there is an ongoing demand across Louisiana for skilled crafts workers.
“The restaurant industry in Louisiana uses the application as a recruiting and staffing tool. While we will not be using it for staffing, we will integrate some of the app features into productivity tools that will enhance our current iLevel database functionality. This in turn will allow our members to manage their projects more efficiently,” Trahan said.
The value of the contract was not disclosed. Impression Works is moving out of its offices at LSU and into the Baton Rouge offices of the Alliance Safety Council. The company, which now has four employees, plans to hire three additional workers by the end of the year, Broussard said.
“One of the things that we learned from the business consultants at LBTC is to not put our technology in a box,” said Greg Hamburg, solutions architect for Impression Works and the co-creator of MJF. “Yes our goal was to help the restaurant industry, but we found that every industry is lacking mobile solutions as it relates to managing their most important assets, their people.”