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    BlackBerry maker picks Irving for its U.S. Headquarters

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    Here's an article I found in my local paper:


    DALLAS—Research in Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smart phone, will put its U.S. headquarters in suburban Irving and says it will employ more than 1,000 over the next several years.

    Company executives and local business and political leaders announced the decision Monday at a press conference at the new offices.
    Jim Balsillie, co-chief executive, said Research in Motion is expanding operations to pursue sales and service opportunities around the world. He said Irving offered a talented work force and strong infrastructure.
    Ron Gafford, chairman of the Greater Dallas Chamber, called Research in Motion "a world-class organization" noted for innovation and said he was thrilled at the U.S. headquarters decision.
    "This is a great day for North Texas as we welcome this wonderful company and the jobs it will create," said state Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano.
    Irving is the home to the nation's largest company, Exxon Mobil Corp., and to Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Zale Corp. It also houses large offices for several telecommunications and public relations companies.
    Research in Motion will occupy more than 100,000 square feet in Riverside Commons, a recently renovated six-building office complex on 13 acres along State Highway 114. The company's world headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario. It makes wireless devices with phone, texting, e-mail and Internet capability for customers around the world. BlackBerry service is available
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    on phone-service providers including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.
    This month, Research in Motion struck a deal with JetBlue Airways Corp. to test letting passengers check their e-mail in flight.


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    Re: BlackBerry maker picks Irving for its U.S. Headquarters

    I can verify that this is all over the New here in the Metroplex. Heck, if they have a job fair, I might just stop by.

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    Re: BlackBerry maker picks Irving for its U.S. Headquarters

    Dallas/Ft. Worth/Metroplex is fast becoming the hub for REALLY large corporate offices!!

    GREAT information! thanks!

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    Re: BlackBerry maker picks Irving for its U.S. Headquarters

    Here is the Ft. Worth paper story....


    Blackberry creator to open HQ in Irving

    By DAVID WETHE

    IRVING – Research in Motion, creator of the BlackBerry, announced this morning it has chosen Irving to open its first U.S. headquarters and will add 1,000 new jobs.

    The company, which employs about 7,500 around the globe, will keep its world headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario.

    Research in Motion, or RIM, introduced the Blackberry in 1999 as a cell phone and e-mail device and is one of the most recognizeable brands in the so-called “smart phone” category. RIM will occupy 100,000 square feet in the Riverside Commons office complex on the southeastern edge of the Las Colinas commercial park, in Irving.

    The new jobs will center on research and development, technical support, business operations and administration.

    Jim Balsillie, co-chief executive of RIM, said he chose the area out of a short list of about a half dozen cities, mostly in the south.

    His company chose Irving because of the “very high quality workforce” in the North Texas area and because of the close proximity to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. RIM is greatly expanding into Mexico and South America.

    Most of the international destinations served by nonstop flights out of D/FW Airport are in that part of the world.

    “There were a number of reasons why we chose this location,” Balsillie said. “When we looked at it from every dimension, it was actually a very easy decision. We now consider this part of our home, and we look forward to being here for a long time.”

    He added that he wasn’t certain how long the lease was for the office space but estimated it was around five years with several five-year options.

    But he said those details shouldn’t matter.

    “Once we sort of plant our flag somewhere, we grow and grow and grow,” he said. “I imagine we’ll be here forever.”

    The 1,000 jobs are expected to be added over the course of several years. Tax incentives were never discussed, said Secretary of State Phil Wilson, who was on hand for Monday’s news conference. Wilson was one of the first officials from Texas to reach out to RIM a couple of months ago and pitched the Lone Star State.
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    Re: BlackBerry maker picks Irving for its U.S. Headquarters

    looks like I need to move

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    Re: BlackBerry maker picks Irving for its U.S. Headquarters

    Yea I need to move too!

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    Re: BlackBerry maker picks Irving for its U.S. Headquarters

    Only about 10 minutes from my house....I can already feel the force.....
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    Re: BlackBerry maker picks Irving for its U.S. Headquarters

    man do i move to michigan or do i move too texas......
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    Re: BlackBerry maker picks Irving for its U.S. Headquarters

    that is NO comparison...you wanna freeze to death?

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    Re: BlackBerry maker picks Irving for its U.S. Headquarters

    No state income tax here in Texas..... lots of sunshine...... and you can carry your gun next to your Blackberry!!!
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    Re: BlackBerry maker picks Irving for its U.S. Headquarters

    I should move from Far West Texas to East Texas...they have all the good paying jobs there and this announcement is an incentive!

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    Re: BlackBerry maker picks Irving for its U.S. Headquarters

    Oh wow, warm weather sounds really tempting right now
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    Re: BlackBerry maker picks Irving for its U.S. Headquarters

    With a Canadian governor, Canada as our neighbor and a failing economy, you would have thought Michigan could have made a serious bid for this?

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    Re: BlackBerry maker picks Irving for its U.S. Headquarters

    Waits for job fair and begins making notations of his contacts in RIM..........



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    Irving vs Michigan for its U.S. Headquarters?

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