Earlier this week Nokia announced a move for their “Mobile Xpress Internet services” division from Itasca (also in Illinois) to Chicago; merging with the Chicago office which is already Nokia’s largest office in North America (about 1,500 employees after the move). Nokia have also added 100 new job positions to it’s mapping/location services to help improve on their already stellar map performance.
“We’ve been perfecting digital maps for more than 15 years in the Chicago area,” said Ogi Redzic, vice president, traffic, at Nokia Location & Commerce. “To help achieve that, we’re actively recruiting for employees in Chicago.”
It’s always great to hear that Nokia is expanding rather than the usual news of cutbacks and layoffs (I know Chicago isn’t Finland.. but this is still good news). Regarding Chicago’s position in future Nokia developments and products, Chicago’s Mayor responded:
“We are making Chicago not only a center for technology, a center for research and development … in fact, the technology will now be developed, enhanced and shipped around the world to Nokia’s centers in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and other developing economies,”