By: Jonathan Ng
A major provider of fiber optic cables announced Thursday it is moving its offices to Westford.
AFL Global, a South Carolina-based company that manufactures fiber optic hardware and equipment, made its first foray into the Bay State eight years ago with the opening of a new research and development facility in Lowell. The company also has manufacturing operations in North Grafton.
“The industry as a whole in fiber optics is growing at 10 percent a year,” said David LeBlanc, AFL’s general manager of testing and inspection division. “At that rate, it represents a significant opportunity for us as we outgrew in Lowell. We needed to stay in Massachusetts for a number of reasons.”
LeBlanc said the move to Westford allows the company to hire an additional 30 workers, mostly in engineering, software development and marketing.
LeBlanc cited “the commitment we received from the Baker-Polito administration along the I-90 corridor. There’s a great collaboration between MIT, UMass Amherst and Worcester Polytechnic Institute … and presents a great talent pool to fill our capacity for a number of our needs.”
Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration launched the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative in 2016 to help local manufacturing companies. Baker previously said his administration will commit more than $100 million over five years to support manufacturing job growth in Massachusetts.
“We’ve been successful because of our presence here in Massachusetts,” said LeBlanc. “This is a commitment to continue to grow and attract more talent here locally.”
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