Johnson & Johnson Health Technology Center to be opened in RI

By: Kainani Stevens

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Raimondo announced Monday that Johnson & Johnson will open a new health technology center in Providence in 2017.

Johnson & Johnson is expected to hire for 75 highly skilled positions like software developers and engineers.

Company Vice President Steve Wrenn says the pipeline of students from local universities made Rhode Island an ideal location for this new expansion; wanting to start hiring as soon as January first.

"The group of universities that is right here in this city has me looking forward to working with the different universities and colleges to hire different people who have that new way of thinking," said Johnson & Johnson VP Steve Wrenn.  

This is the third significant job announcement the Governor has made in the last week.

The first announcement was for Wexford Innovation Complex bringing over 1000 construction, and an additional 1000 permanent jobs.

The second was Virgin Pulse bringing 300 jobs, and now the Johnson & Johnson expansion.

"Earlier in the year we had GE, we have existing companies like electric boat hiring. So the momentum is undeniable and what that all adds up to is good jobs for families and economic opportunity for the people of Rhode Island at every rung of the ladder," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo.

In order to lure Johnson & Johnson to Providence, the company will see about $5 million dollars in tax breaks. Something the Governor says is necessary for Rhode Island to compete with other states like Massachusetts.

The New Jersey-based health products manufacturer already has an office in Cumberland and works closely with Woonsocket based CVS.

The Providence Center will set up shop on Ship Street near I-195 land, and is expected to complete their move by the spring of 2017.

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