Boston company will bring up to 250 jobs to Lewiston

LEWISTON — Boston-based Carbonite, a company that specializes in online data backup systems, will bring 50 jobs to Lewiston by the end of summer and up to 250 by the end of next year, according to Carbonite CEO David Friend.

Jobs for Lewiston
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Lewiston Economic Growth Council President Lucien Gosselin, left, talks with Governor Paul LePage Tuesday morning prior to LePage announcing that Boston based business Carbonite will bring 50 new jobs to Lewiston by the end of summer with another the possibility of up to 250 in the future.

Carbonite CEO
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Carbonite CEO David Friend talks about his company at the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce in Lewiston where he announced that his company is coming to Lewiston during a press conference Tuesday morning.

Carbonite CEO
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Carbonite CEO David Friend talks about his company at the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce in Lewiston where he announced that his company is coming to Lewiston during a press conference Tuesday morning.

The jobs are being brought to the states from the company's tech support center in India, Friend said. Positions here are expected to pay an average $35,000, including benefits - nearly three times the wages overseas.

Friend was joined Tuesday morning by Maine Gov. Paul LePage and Matt Jacobsen, the head of the privately funded business recruitment agency Maine and Co., at the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce for the announcement.

Carbonite, which has more than 1 million customers, will lease 20,000 square feet of space but the exact location was yet to be revealed.

Company officials cited Lewiston's proximity to Boston and its wealth of colleges and universities as draws to the area. Phones are expected to start ringing here in July.

"Undeniably, this announcement stands as a shining testament to Maine's legendary work-ethic and undaunted can-do spirit, especially in light of the serious economic circumstances that continue to challenge us as a nation,” U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe said in a press release about the announcement.

Snowe is the ranking member of the Senate's Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

More details to come in Wednesday's Sun Journal.

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Dan Moody's picture

Let's

Let's see where the job's go to ? Nice for the taxes payers .... Lewiston is not what it was 20 or 30 years ago . I would love to see a happy thing come from this BUT Let's see .. Let's look at this 1 year down the road .. or more ....

Michael Hobbs's picture

No place is what it was 20 or

No place is what it was 20 or 30 years ago. Heck no place is what it was 10 years ago. Times change it is a fact of life. When's the last time you have been back to Lewiston? Just curious because I don't think you realize how many call centers are in L/A. I don't think it is realistic to think that some out of staters are going to get the job when I don't think anyone is going to commute from N.H. or MA to work at a call center. So they would more then likely have to relocate, which who to say it's a bad thing? Either way this is a great thing for Lewiston, like I said taxes that this company will pay and having one of the fastest growing companies in the area. It's a win-win for the city. I never knew a top up and coming business moving to Maine would be considered a negative thing.

Dan Moody's picture

FUN

This is going to work in Lewiston Maine ???????????? Everyone that are going to get the job's are going to be from outside of Lewiston ????? OR from outside of Maine ................................

Michael Hobbs's picture

Just curious why would it not

Just curious why would it not work in Lewiston, Maine? It is a call center, dunno when the last time you have been to L/A area, but there are several call centers. Also do you have any facts that the jobs will be going to people outside of Lewiston or from outside of Maine? Like I said there are at least 3 call centers in the L/A area that I can think of and know quite a few people who work in them. They aren't from outside of L/A and defiantly not from outside of Maine. Granted I don't know all of the individuals, but highly doubt many are from out of state. Does it really matter even if people from outside Lewiston got some of those jobs? Not really. Lewiston would still benefit from the taxes that they will recieve and in the grand scheme of things it is good for MAINE.

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