Brad Choat (@choatsnews)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – “I believe the potential of having a start-up nation here in St. Louis is quite high.”

That’s what Guy Weitzman, founder and CEO of tech company Atomation told KMOX News on Friday, after it was announced Atomation is moving its headquarters from Israel to St. Louis.

The group BioSTL held a welcome ceremony at Ameren corporate headquarters, because Atomation is doing some work for the utility company.

BioSTL president Donn Rubin says its “GlobalSTL” pitch has been wildly successful in a number of countries.

“We connect overseas companies with decision-makers in St. Louis’s largest corporations, health care systems, hospitals, and universities, providing access and attention to them they’d never get if they went to Silicon Valley or the east coast,” Rubin says.

The Ameren Corporation has two million utility poles to maintain across its system.

CEO Warner Baxter explains how their partnership with Atomation will work.

“The project will connect dozens of poles in our system through the internet, using small low-cost sensor packs, which will allow us to remotely identify any issues should they be there, and ultimately respond more quickly,” Baxter says.

Atomation becomes the fifth from Israel, recruited by the BioSTL group’s global initiative, to move to St. Louis.

Twenty jobs will be created, initially, in sales and business development fields. CEO Guy Weitzman says job seekers should check out their website at .

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