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Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today joined TotalMobile CEO Colin Reid to announce the United Kingdom-based company’s plans to add up to 100 jobs over the next two to three years in Massachusetts, which would grow TotalMobile's Massachusetts workforce by nearly tenfold.
"Massachusetts has a proud tradition of innovation, and we are thrilled that TotalMobile is helping us carry that tradition forward into the 21st Century global economy," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "Our Administration appreciates the career training opportunities TotalMobile affords young talent, and our current workforce, as it continues to focus on business growth and job creation here in the Commonwealth.”
Lieutenant Governor Murray met with TotalMobile executives in 2008, and with the assistance of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment (MOITI), successfully persuaded the company to select Massachusetts over other states to site its North American operations. Earlier this year, Governor Deval Patrick led a Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission to Israel and the UK, focused on catalyzing business expansion, job growth and collaboration. The trade mission included successful industry forums, company visits and meetings with business leaders and government officials in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, London and Cambridge.
TotalMobile has a 25-year history of operating in the software industry, first starting in Northern Ireland and then branching out to the United States in early 2008 to support its growing U.S. partners and customer base. TotalMobile provides software to a wide range of state and municipal government customers and private industry organizations, including prepackaged mobile applications platforms that allow field workers to capture information in real-time and relay information to back-office systems, reducing travel costs and time spent on processing paperwork. As part of its Massachusetts expansion, TotalMobile has hired well-known technology industry executive Stephen Carson to lead its North American Operations. As part of its expansion, TotalMobile will add employees in the areas of business development, technology solutions support and technology project management.
“We believe the opportunity for TotalMobile in North America is huge and the business here can easily grow to the current size of the UK business. That would mean between 75 and 100 staff," said Colin Reid, CEO of Consilium, the parent company of TotalMobile. “We would like to especially thank the efforts of Invest Northern Ireland. INI was an effective partner providing excellent assistance as TotalMobile entered the North American market. Their experts in Belfast and Boston were a definite asset to our team during our initial set-up and now with our expansion process.”
“Today’s announcement is a testament to the Commonwealth’s role as a global destination for business," said Ken Brown, executive director of MOITI. "We thank TotalMobile for their commitment to growing in Massachusetts.”
Currently, there are nearly 500 companies with UK-ties in Massachusetts. Of these, 225 UK-owned companies in the state employ 40,100 Massachusetts residents. Additionally, 253 Commonwealth-based companies have established operations in the UK. Massachusetts companies exported over $4 billion worth of goods to the UK in 2009 and the United States is the UK’s second largest source of imports at 9.74 percent. For two years in a row, the UK has been the largest market for Massachusetts exports.
“As British Consul, I was delighted to hear of TotalMobile’s expansion in Massachusetts, and these 100 jobs will add to the current total of over 40,000 residents going to work for British companies here every day," said Dr. Phil Budden, British Consul General of New England. "This expansion is a testament to the climate of innovation in Massachusetts, and the commitment of the Patrick-Murray Administration to welcoming business. I look forward to hearing more about TotalMobile as it branches out from Massachusetts to the wider U.S. market."
"It is always a win-win for all of us when an innovative company such as TotalMobile can thrive and can continue to offer cutting edge technology and services that will contribute to our economic recovery here in the Commonwealth," said Representative Matthew Beaton.
“It’s exciting to see a new company come to Westborough to grow their business and add much needed jobs,” said Representative Carolyn Dykema. “TotalMobile’s investment is great news not only for Westborough, but also for the MetroWest region and Massachusetts.”