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Military VR company Havik picks Orlando for HQ, plans new jobs (by Alex Soderstrom)

When Glenn Banton was hired as chief operating officer of Havik Corp. earlier this year, he had two immediate recommendations for the virtual reality training firm.

“We needed to find a headquarters, and it needed to be in Texas or Florida,” Banton told Orlando Inno.

After three years as a dispersed company with no true base of operations, Havik considered Virginia, Texas and Florida before picking Orlando as its new headquarters, the company announced Nov. 22.

As a result of the move to Orlando, Havik soon will hunt for permanent office space in Central Florida, Banton said. Plus, the 16-person company aims to create up to 18 high-wage developer positions in the region in the next 12 months, Banton added.

It makes sense for Havik to join Orlando’s $6 billion modeling, simulation and training industry focused on high-tech products for the military. Founded by CEO and former Navy SEAL Bradley Denn, Havik makes a portable, immersive virtual reality training system for the military, particularly special forces operators.