There may be a light at the end of the tunnel for some of those 4,500 BlackBerry employees that recently found themselves without a job. The Financial Post is reporting that Motorola is looking to establish a new engineering hub in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, just ten minutes away from BlackBerry’s global headquarters.
Flush with cash from Google and the momentum of the Moto X, this is a smart move for Motorola. According to Derek Philips, engineering director for Motorola Canada, “We’re always looking for places where there’s lots of opportunity for growth and it’s not always easy to find places that have significant tech talent in a variety of areas, but especially mobile.”
Philips doesn’t mention any specific plans to look for ex-BlackBerry employees. Instead, he points to the nearby University of Waterloo, which, incidentally, is home to the Mike & Ophelia Lazardis Quantum-Nano Centre.
Still, this can only be good news for engineers in the area in need of a job. “We’ve got big plans and we’re very optimistic,” said Philips.