Dayton, Ohio. Nashville, Tennessee. Wheeling, West Virginia. These aren't the first places that come to mind when you think of booming American cities. But as large parts of the American landscape have become increasingly gutted, these locations are presenting unexpected opportunities.
That's because the cost of labor has sunk right along with the cost of living, making lower cost cities newly attractive as places to set up shop for cash-strapped global law firms.
Call it “Amerisourcing.”
On the 15th story of a gleaming new office building on the outskirts of New Delhi, around 100 new professionals — fresh-faced enough to be college students — peer at flat-screen LED monitors and peck away at keyboards. The cluster of pink and blue cubicles might easily be confused for one of India's infamous call centers.
But the hushed, library silence hints there's something different going on here at the India work center of Overland, Kansas-based UnitedLex. With revenue of $40 million and 750 employees, the company has emerged as one of America's fastest growing over the past three years.