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Software company chooses Arizona for headquarters; 200 jobs planned

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, left, listens as Stealth Software CEO Gerard Warrens announces the Netherlands-based Stealth Software's decision to locate their company's USA headquarters to Arizona, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 in Phoenix. The software development and marketing company based in Luxembourg announced plans to open its U.S. headquarters and hire 200 people in metropolitan Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, left, listens as Stealth Software CEO Gerard Warrens announces the Netherlands-based Stealth Software's decision to locate their company's USA headquarters to Arizona, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 in Phoenix. The software development and marketing company based in Luxembourg announced plans to open its U.S. headquarters and hire 200 people in metropolitan Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

A Dutch company that makes software helping government agencies and private firms safely store data has chosen the Phoenix area for its U.S. headquarters.

At a news conference Tuesday, Gov. Jan Brewer and company officials said Stealth Software’s decision means 200 high-paying jobs for Arizona. It also represents a victory over New York, Boston and Silicon Valley, the other locations under consideration, they said.

“It’s a testament to our efforts to increase the state’s global competitiveness,” Brewer said. “The company’s promising technology has global business implications, and I am proud that the world will know of its Arizona ties.”

Stealth Software develops and markets technology that allows secure storage of sensitive data through cloud computing.

Gerard Warrens, the company’s CEO, said Stealth Software made its decision in a little over one month with help from the Arizona Commerce Authority.

“The proactiveness of the ACA really made it clear to us that we could move very, very fast in Arizona within a very, very short period of time,” he said. “They convinced us that Arizona is the place to be.”

He said Arizona offers an attractive pool of talent and a market where labor costs are less than other locations considered.

“If we look at even skill sets within the different states, and we compare that on an apples-to-apples, then Arizona has a lot more to offer for the same money,” Warrens said.

The company plans to hire people skilled in software development and sales at a median salary of $75,000, he said.

Warrens said Stealth Software is looking at five Valley cities that he didn’t identify as possible locations and plans to make its decision in the next month.

Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, said the addition of Stealth Software speaks to Arizona’s ability to attract cutting-edge companies.

“Our leadership has armed our state with the politics that improve our global competitiveness and provides the tools and foundation for Arizona to win high quality job-creation projects,” she said.

2 comments

  1. Sandra Watson, president and EEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, How do you attract cutting-edge companies when Arizona ranks at the bottom in education and at the top in the West of mass incarcerating its people?

    When Arizona leaders favor incarceration or education there is a serious societal problem.

    When Arizona treats its immigrant community so horrible, this is not a welcoming place for foreign visitors or businesses.

    Though we think this new company is good news for Arizona, its time you get involved in reforming Arizona’s draconian and poorly written laws that put ALL at risk. Study the Dutch and they have a very open view of sex in their society. They would all end up in prisons here with defacto-life sentences. This is real and should be part of full disclosure. ALL are at risk in AZ.

  2. Another constituent had this to say, “A whopping 200 jobs? Wow that will put a dent in our unemployment. Not! It doesn’t come close compensating for the 4,500 jobs lost from Motorola and the 2,500 jobs lost when Honeywell shipped its manufacturing jobs to a foreign country.”

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