World Wide Technology (WWT), located on West McEwen Drive in Franklin, hosted a ribbon cutting on Thursday, highlighting its new 5,500-square-foot location.

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and Williamson, Inc. President and CEO Matt Largen both welcomed WWT to Franklin. The global technology solution company based in St. Louis, Missouri has an annual revenue of over $9 billion.

“We’re so excited about this investment in our community,” Moore said. “This is such a fitting investment in our community, because everything is going so technologically driven, software-driven, and the fact that the company is going to invest in Franklin is really exciting.”

Largen echoed Moore’s remarks and also praised WWT for the 25 added jobs that will be headquartered in Cool Springs, along with 100 staff working across the state.

“We appreciate the direct jobs that are going to result from this operation,” Largen said. “The investment here is really important.”

Based out of the Franklin office is Patrick Madden, regional manager for WWT. Madden started with the company four months ago but has lived and worked in Williamson County for the past 20 years, and he previously was employed at Dell for 12 years. He explained how WWT helps large companies locally.

“[WWT] really focuses on companies’ IT needs and what they want to do as a business outcome,” he said.

The Franklin office, which opened in February, handles accounts for 25 big businesses, such as locally based Tractor Supply, HCA and Nissan.

One of the company’s more visible projects is just down the road at corporate-owned Panera Bread’s ordering kiosks. Three years ago, WWT provided a software development package to Panera Bread that allowed customers to self-order at the kiosks. WWT also upgraded the restaurant chain’s mobile app, Madden explained.

WWT is located at 1550 W. McEwen Drive in Franklin.

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