J M Smith announces workforce ‘realignment’ at QS/1 division

“This realignment decision was carefully made, and it is with a heavy heart that some positions were eliminated, but as the software industry changes, it is critical that we continue to innovate and bring products to market that are considered the best in the business." -Kevin Welch, president of QS/1 and chief technology officer for J M Smith Corp.

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QS/1 headquarters in Spartanburg. Photo by J M Smith Corporation.

Spartanburg-based J M Smith Corp. has announced a “realignment” of its software subsidiary QS/1 Data Systems’ workforce.

J M Smith Corp., which is the third-largest privately held company in South Carolina, did not provide details about the change, but a company official did acknowledge that some positions were eliminated.

Multiple sources said the number of QS/1 employees who have been handed their pink slips totals about 30.

“The software industry is highly competitive,” the company said in a statement. “To be successful, it is necessary to keep innovation at the center of our organization. We are optimizing for growth through a realignment and will be making additional investments in specific talent to meet our current and future needs in the market.”

Several local economic development, workforce, and business leaders said they had no knowledge of the matter.

Founded in 1977, QS/1 is one of six companies owned by J M Smith Corp. It supplies software solutions to independent, chain, hospital outpatient, and long-term care pharmacies.

More than 500 employees work out of its headquarters at 201 W. S. John St. in downtown Spartanburg.

“We are an organization committed to delivering customer-driven innovation and service,” said Kevin Welch, president of QS/1 and chief technology officer for J M Smith Corp., in a statement. “This realignment decision was carefully made, and it is with a heavy heart that some positions were eliminated, but as the software industry changes, it is critical that we continue to innovate and bring products to market that are considered the best in the business. We are actively recruiting to fill multiple technology positions in our Spartanburg office so that we can continue growing to meet the needs of our customers and the demands of our industry.”

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