PureSafety continues growth push

Franklin tech firm to grow Cool Springs workforce by 15% before July

On the heels of a sizable acquisition, Franklin-based software firm PureSafety plans to add about 20 senior technology jobs as it continues to look for M&A opportunities.

PureSafety provides occupational health and safety software to employers in a variety of industries, including construction, manufacturing, distribution and health care. The company now employs about 230 workers across its four offices, with about half of those employees based in its Cool Springs headquarters.  

Company CEO Bill Grana said PureSafety now plans to hire about 20 additional workers by July, including a controller and many “senior-middle to senior level leadership” roles. The open positions will include posts in marketing, sales, tech support, software development and software implementation.

“Things are going great,” Grana said of the business conditions that led to the hiring. “As far as the whole occupational safety and health market, this is definitely as exciting a time as I’ve ever experienced.”

Most of those new hires will be based in Nashville, though some may end up in PureSafety’s satellite offices in Maine, Colorado Springs and Fresno, Calif., depending on how the recruiting process shapes up.

“The tough thing about being in Nashville is, from a tech perspective, it’s such a small community,” Grana said. That has meant poaching workers from other companies in the market — like Kelley Maier, Ingram Publishing’s former marketing head, who is PureSafety’s VP of marketing — and working to recruit from outside the market.

Acquisitions have helped with that talent base, as well. The company’s January acquisition of Maine-based OHR gave it a satellite location with 40 workers and a new chief medical director in OHL founder Bill Newkirk. In addition, the company brought PureSafety about 800 hospital and occupational health care facilities clients.

But PureSafety is still shopping for acquisitions, hoping to build scale quickly and defend its “market turf” as conditions in the fragmented market increasingly favor consolidation deals. The search is mainly focused on U.S.-based companies, though Grana said he’d also like to establish overseas operations in an English-speaking nation like Australia or the United Kingdom.