Huawei Technologies celebrated the opening of its new regional headquarters in Bridgewater on Friday and the telecom company plans to add at least 55 jobs over the next three years.
In addition to sales, services and operations, the new headquarters will serve as Huawei’s North American research and development hub for wireless technologies.
Huawei, a telecom solutions provider, had four employees when it moved to New Jersey in 2008. The company now has about 110 employees in the state.
“With the opening of the Bridgewater facility, we will continue close collaboration with U.S. technology partners, suppliers and vendors, as well as research-oriented universities to deliver world-class integrated solutions to our U.S. customers,” Charles Ding, president of Huawei North America and co-president of Huawei USA, said.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno attended the opening.
“Businesses go where they are welcome,” Guadagno said. “In October of last year, I reached out to Huawei to let them know we wanted them to grow with us in New Jersey. Less than a year later, and after working with the state Economic Development Authority, we stand at a ribbon cutting which solidifies New Jersey’s commitment to Huawei and Huawei’s commitment to New Jersey. This is the story of New Jersey’s comeback.”
Huawei has nearly 1,500 employees nationwide. Princeton and Rutgers are among the American universities that have benefited from Huawei’s program sponsorships – which totaled more than $10 million in 2010. Huawei’s products and solutions have been deployed in more than 100 countries and support the communications needs of one third of the world’s population. It is headquartered in Shenzhen City, China.
Guadagno has made economic development a component of her office. She is in the midst of visiting 100 businesses statewide to show the Christie’s administration’s support for business and employment growth.
—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM