News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday September 26, 2013.
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Waterloo, Canada, home to BlackBerry's headquarters and a wealth of talent ready to be hired by tech companies, will soon see another major company move into the area. The timing seems fortunate considering BlackBerry's plan to gut its workforce.
Google-owned Motorola plans to increase its presence in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and hire engineers to work for the company. Motorola already has a small team of engineers working in the area, but the company is going on a "hiring spree," according to to The Financial Post. Motorola actually intended to bulk up its team in Waterloo prior to BlackBerry's troubles; however, the announcement that 4,500 BlackBerry workers will soon be out of a job made the expansion well-timed for the company's engineer search. Derek Phillips, an engineering director for Motorola Canada, told The Post:
"We've got big plans and we're very optimistic. We're always looking for places where there's lots of opportunity for growth and it's not always easy to find places that have significant tech talent in a variety of areas, but especially mobile."
Waterloo has established itself a hub of engineering talent thanks to the foundation of BlackBerry, expansion of other tech companies, and a nearby university. Despite that strength, it's still surprising to see Motorola expanding its business. Last year, it was Motorola who shed much of its workforce as it sought to become more financially sound and work to promote new products. In a seven month period from August 2012 to March 2013, Motorola cut more than 5,200 jobs throughout the world. The company appears ready to strengthen its ranks once again.source: Financial Post
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.