New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno yesterday helped celebrate the opening of Huawei Technologies new regional headquarters in Bridgewater and the telecom company’s plans to add at least 55 jobs. 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 leading telecom solutions provider, had four employees when it came to New Jersey in 2008. It now has about 110 employees in the state and anticipates increasing that number by more than 50 percent over the next three years.
“Businesses go where they are welcome,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno. “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.”
“We are truly honored to have the Lt. Governor attend our celebration,” said Charles Ding, President of Huawei North America and Co-President of Huawei USA. “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.”
Huawei’s research and development activity in New Jersey not only augments the company’s global leadership in next-generation wireless technology developments, but also allows for unique technology customization to meet specific North American carrier requirements. Huawei, which has nearly 1,500 employees nationwide, takes pride in its contributions to innovation. Princeton and Rutgers are among the American universities that have benefitted 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.
Lt. Governor Guadagno has made economic development a key component of her office. She is in the midst of visiting 100 businesses statewide to reinforce the Administration’s support for business and employment growth. About 28,000 private sector jobs have been created in New Jersey over the last 12 months.