Blackberry maker eyes RTP for site

Posted December 29, 2009 4:29 p.m. EST
Updated December 29, 2009 8:39 p.m. EST

— 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.