Tech Mahindra, an In­di­an in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy outsourcing firm, said Fri­day that its em­ploy­ment in Fargo, N.D., has grown to 170 most­ly tech­ni­cal work­ers from 12 two years ago.

Fargo is one of seven tech­nol­o­gy centers the In­di­an firm runs in North America, in part be­cause some of its U.S. cli­ents "want our fa­cili­ties to be lo­cat­ed in the North American time zones and to have Eng­lish-speak­ing employees," said Lakshmanan Chidambaram, seni­or vice pres­i­dent of sales and op­er­ations for North America.

Company employees in Fargo will work on writ­ing and main­tain­ing soft­ware for re­tail­ers, banks and tele­com­muni­ca­tions com­panies, he said.

Tech Mahindra, based in Pune, India, has 87,000 employees world­wide and rev­e­nue of about $2.9 bil­lion. Its oth­er North American op­er­ations are in Ne­bras­ka, Ken­tucky, Penn­syl­vania, Texas and Canada.

Steve Alexander