SOUTHFIELD — The managed services provider Secure-24 Inc. Wednesday reported a fivefold increase in business over the past year, which prompted an aggressive recruitment drive, data center investment, and a move into a larger corporate headquarters.

Over the past year, Secure-24 has had a 61 percent increase in employee count, which now stands at 257. Co-founders Volker Straub and Matthias Horch say they anticipate hiring another 250 employees by 2015.

In 2000, Straub and Horch were asked to come to America from their native Germany by their then-employer — TDS AG, the largest SAP hosting company in Europe — to open a North American division. But when the dot-com bubble burst later that yaer, TDS AG cancelled its plans and called the two back. Instead, they chose to stay in the U.S., and founded Secure-24 in 2001.

Today’s Secure-24 manages complex global IT operations for mid-size to large companies, and has a 50-50 mix of U.S.-based and global clients.

“We have some of the industry’s best technologists who use their knowledge and creativity to deliver exactly what our clients need for their growth and success. And we’re looking for more people with a passion for IT and the success of others,” said CEO and co-founder Horch.

Added COO and co-founder Straub: “We’ve created a successful business model to address the unique needs of our clients who require custom IT solutions built on proven processes. Clients are looking for providers who have strong SLAs, and can lower their opex and capex while meeting high compliance requirements. We are proud to partner with companies to fulfill these needs and help them gain competitiveness through innovative IT solutions.”

Secure-24 maintains teams of highly experienced IT professionals who specialize in cloud computing, critical application management and IT outsourcing services. The company is also a SAP Certified Hosting and Cloud Provider with a broad SAP Basis Competency Center, and an Oracle Platinum Partner for hosting Oracle Enterprise Performing Management (EPM) solutions.

Secure-24 has moved its growing team to a larger headquarters facility at 26955 Northwestern Highway in Southfield.

Secure-24 delivers IT products and services to clients in manufacturing, technology, consumer goods, chemicals, financial services, construction, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and transportation.  The company serves hundreds of global corporations with revenues in the $500 million to $10 billion range, including numerous Fortune 100 enterprises.

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