Two companies that specialize in information technology (IT) consulting will set up new operations in Washington and Wisconsin, a move that is expected to create hundreds of new jobs.

In Washington state, the India-based Happiest Minds has chosen Seattle for its first U.S. office.

The company was launched just three months ago by former MindTree co-founder Ashok Soota, who also served as the president of Wipro Infotech from 1984 to 1999.

Soota said the firm picked Seattle because of the number of large technology companies located in the area.

"We expect the Seattle area to be a key element of our strategy and plan to set up a local development center as business scales to take advantage of the rich talent pool available in this region," Soota stated.

In Washington, the Massachusetts-based Collaborative Consulting said it will open a new IT development and support center in Wausau during the next year, according to the Wausau Daily Herald.

The company said it plans to hire 50 people within the first year of operations at the new facility, with hundreds more expected to be hired by 2014.

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