Printing technologies company OKI Data Americas will open a new office in Irving to support its North American operations, and will create more than 100 jobs in North Texas.
OKI Data intends to move into 18,167 square feet of space at 8505 Freeport Parkway in Irving near Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
Gov. Greg Abbott said that a Texas Enterprise Fund award of $895,000 was given to OKI Data Americas to facilitate the new office, which will included a Technology Solutions Center.
“Our state’s business-friendly economic climate continues to offer new opportunities for the technology sector to grow and create new jobs for hardworking Texans,” Abbott said in a release.
Mount Laurel, New Jersey-based OKI Data Americas is a subsidiary of Japan-based OKI Data Corp, which has a large portfolio of solutions aimed at meeting a variety of printing needs that include office, production and specialty graphics.
DRC WAS IN COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO LURE OKI DATA
Dallas Regional Chamber President and CEO Dale Petroskey said the chamber was a part of a “collaborate effort” to bring OKI Data to Irving.
“The DRC began working on this project in August 2015, hosted two site visits for OKI Data’s project team, accompanied corporate executives to Austin for incentive meetings, and provided strategic support throughout the process,” Petroskey said. “We want to congratulate the City of Irving, the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, and Gov. Abbott’s office on a significant win that further establishes the Dallas Region as a growing and dynamic hub for corporations.”
Abbott said the new OKI Data office’s new jobs will include executive, marketing, sales and administrative positions, in addition to $3.58 million in capital investment.
“The friendly business climate in Irving and and the city’s proximity to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport proved to be a winning combination.”
The company told the Dallas Business Journal that it searched sites in Georgia and elsewhere in Texas before deciding on Irving.
“The friendly business climate in Irving and and the city’s proximity to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport proved to be a winning combination,” OKI Data Americas President and CEO Mashie Morioka told the Business Journal in a statement. “We are confident that Irving has all the resources necessary for us to expand our North American presence and our product lines.”
Last week, the city of Irving voted to give OKI a $900 job credit per employee, according to the Business Journal. That would total $93,600 once the OKI office is fully staffed in 2018.
According to the Business Journal, OKI Data is the 35th company with Japanese connections to come to the city of Irving, joining others such as American Honda Motor Co., NEC Corp. of America, and Canon USA.
OKI DATA WILL BE SHIFTING SOME JOBS FROM NEW JERSEY
Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne also welcomed OKI Data Americas to the city.
“We believe employees and executives will find the decision to establish a new office in Irving to be quite advantageous,” Van Duyne said. “Together, we will build the environment for OKI Data to create new jobs, further diversify the region and help drive technology to even greater heights.”
The company issued WARN notices to 38 employees in the Mount Laurel offices, with the layoffs effective Setp. 30, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported in August. The layoffs were part of the shifting of jobs from New Jersey to Texas, the Philadelphia Business Journal said.
The publication said that some of the Mount Laurel staff would be transferred to Irving, but that the New Jersey office would remain open.
The Philadelphia Business Journal said the Texas expansion follows OKI Data’s acquisition of Seiko Instruments’ wide format printing subsidiary, Seiko Infotech Inc.
OKI Data Americas technology is supported by its Tokyo-based parent company OKI Electric Industry which is a $4.3 billion multinational corporation.
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