Retro Link Associates, a provider of retrospective conversion services and a new member of the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce, has expanded to meet the company's rapid growth over the past year.
"This expansion represents the beginning of an aggressive growth phase for RLA," said Luther Brady, president. "Our future expansion will further benefit the community by offering approximately 100 new jobs by March of 1991 and will position us to become one of the largest retrospective companies in the country."Retro Link's staff has grown from 15 to 110 employees over the past year. Many of the company's employees are graduates from local colleges. Brady said the business is labor and technology intensive and one of the major reasons for locating in Provo was to take advantage of a highly educated work force.
Retro Link produces data bases for libraries installing automated cataloging systems. It has completed contracts for all types of libraries in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. Production of each library's data base entails microfilming into a computer using complex cataloging rules.
Brady said Retro Link's state-of-the-art technology allows it to produce a higher-quality product in less time than its competitors.
Another advantage the local work force brings to Retro Link is the abundance of language skills. "RLA is collectively proficient in 20 languages. This allows us to work on some very interesting international contracts." One example is the firm's contract to convert the University of Hawaii's card catalog, which involved about 40 languages, including Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Chinese, French and Hindi.
Retro Link's founders began the company in May 1986 in Sacramento, Calif., with a plan to move to Provo as soon as possible. The move was made in January 1988, and in January 1989, Retro Link began business in the Center Square Mall building.
Last year Retro Link became a part of Dynix, the market leader in library automation, with headquarters in Provo. "This has been a magic combination, giving Dynix a fuller set of services and us a name and reputation," Brady said.