Blackberry maker eyes RTP for site

Posted December 29, 2009

— Research in Motion Ltd., the Canadian company that makes the Blackberry smart phone, plans to open an operation in the Triangle next year, according to an e-mail obtained by WRAL News.

The company held a two-day job fair at the Marriott at Research Triangle Park hotel in early December, and the e-mail said officials are "acting quickly" on hiring.

A number of North Carolina-based jobs were posted on the company's Web site on Christmas Eve, although they don't specify the city where the jobs will be located.

A spokeswoman with RIM's outside public relations firm issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying the company "recruits employees from across the United States and around the world in support of its global growth plans" and held the local job fair because of the large number of qualified workers in the area.

There's no indication as to how many jobs RIM might create in the Triangle, and company representatives couldn't be reached Tuesday for comment.

Rick Weddle, president of Research Triangle Foundation, which operates RTP, said any announcement would have to come from the company, and that wouldn't happen until a deal is done. Still, he said, RIM would be a welcome addition to RTP if the company chose to locate in the area.

The Triangle has sustained heavy job losses in the telecommunications sector in recent years, with Nortel Networks shedding hundreds of jobs and Sony Ericsson announcing in November that it would shut down its RTP operation.


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  • whatelseisnew Dec 30, 2009

    "That is absolutely hilarious. Are you a parody poster? Immigrants coming here to take high tech jobs for less...haha. Maybe you haven't noticed, but they don't need to come here, we outsource most of the work over there..."

    Actually my employer does both. they use the H-1bs to get them experience here with development processes and then they keep them employed after they return to India or China.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 30, 2009

    North Carolina is not where I would set up shop. There are much more attractive States from a cost and tax perspective and with as many people out of work finding talent is not a problem.

  • kcfoxie Dec 30, 2009

    I can't stand my Blackberry, but I know lots who swear by them. I won't turn down any company that keeps the mobile market competitive and brings jobs to the area.

  • Triumph Dec 30, 2009

    "Come in get the tax incentives then leave. Same old story...", says Patriot1.

    Well, those incentives are paid out only after a company shows proof of actually creating those jobs, and such recipiant industries are required by law to repay these incentives to the state and local government if these companies do leave the state.

    So what's the harm, then, to award incentives and recruit industries that help bring down NC's 115 unemployment rate?

  • merrywidow Dec 30, 2009

    Where does one go to hear about the job fairs?! My daughter would have gone to it had she known about it! She needs a job!!!

    I LOVE my crackberry!

  • Patriot1 Dec 30, 2009

    Come in get the tax incentives then leave. Same old story...

  • gearstickk Dec 30, 2009

    I think this would be a great addition to our area.

  • RaleighNumber1 Dec 30, 2009

    RIM would definitely be a welcome addition to RTP, especially with the troubles that Nortel and the loss of Ericsson.

    Here are some things I have noticed about many of the Indian workers in the area:
    - They did not live in poverty in India, they were part of the privileged classes of society.
    - They tend get their start by working for one of the offshore consulting companies and come to the country with a H1 visa - they are brought here because they get paid way less than Americans. Once they get a green card, they usually quit their Indian company and get a job elsewhere so they can get the same salary as Americans.
    - Indian education is very different from ours. They will memorize the text book and know the steps for how to make something work, but not understand "why". In America, we learn the theory and try to understand why something works the way it does. This difference in thinking can be very frustrating when we need to come with a unique or original solution.

  • chivegas Dec 29, 2009

    "The reason that you see so many people from india working in RTP is not because they are better educated, more intelligent, harder working etc.. On the contrary. They for the most part are much less educated and lack the skills of American workers. They are here for one reason only - they work for a fraction of what an American worker is paid. American workers have been fired by the millions and replaced by foreign labor brought here on sham visas such as the H-1B,L1, etc. or American jobs sent overseas. I know many engineers, computer scientists, accountants, many with master's degrees that are working at WalMart due to the importation of lesser skilled foreign labor. Visit"

    That is absolutely hilarious. Are you a parody poster? Immigrants coming here to take high tech jobs for less...haha. Maybe you haven't noticed, but they don't need to come here, we outsource most of the work over there...

  • The Oracle Dec 29, 2009

    "just look at Rocky Mount. It has the highest crime in NC and for any city of under 100,000 people in North America."
    mrytlebeachrock, That is simply NOT true. Can you back that
    statement up?