The new immigration wave

Throughout much of the 20th century, the industrial barons of Pittsburgh relied on immigrants and the sons of immigrants from all over Europe to work its steel mills, coal mines and railroads. Today, as the city builds its reputation as a 21st-century high-tech center, its companies still rely on the skills of immigrants.

That irony isn't lost on Lew Wheeler, CEO of Rapidigm Inc., a Pittsburgh-based IT consulting firm.

"I grew up in a row house in a steel town surrounded by union guys," Wheeler says. But instead of building steel superstructures, Wheeler's firm helps clients with software infrastructures, from supply-chain management to e-business platforms. And instead of hiring millworkers from Eastern Europe, Rapidigm is searching for software engineers

This story, "The new immigration wave" was originally published by Computerworld.

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