SquareTrade, a highly-rated extended warranty service provider, has opened its second U.S. location in Orange County. The business expansion is expected to bring 180 full-time jobs to the region by the end of 2016.
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joined Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Orange County District 6 Commissioner Victoria Siplin and Orlando Economic Development Commission Senior Vice President Dave Porter at the company announcement on March 28.
“Today’s announcement and the creation of more high-paying jobs is further proof that Orange County is not only the best place to live, work and raise a family, but also the best place to do business,” Mayor Jacobs said. “From digital media, optics and photonics, and model, simulation and training, our region is bursting with innovation and discovery.”
SquareTrade’s expansion in Orange County represents a $546,000 capital investment in the region. The company’s Customer Experience team will occupy the new Orlando office.
“SquareTrade’s decision to expand and grow in Orlando is tremendous news for all Floridians and I’m glad they decided to add more jobs in Florida,” Gov. Scott said. “Their expansion demonstrates that cutting taxes and eliminating regulations is helping Florida become the number one place in the world for jobs.”
The expansion was made possible through partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Orange County, the Orlando Economic Development Commission, CareerSource Florida and Valencia College.
SquareTrade protects mobile devices, laptops and tablets, and other consumer electronics and appliances from malfunctions, accidental damage and life's frequent mishaps. Unlike old-fashioned warranties, SquareTrade is designed for today's consumer and uses innovative technology to deliver a zero hassle claims process.
“After an extensive six-month search, we chose Orlando for our next office location because of the city’s growing tech community, its business-friendly environment and the quality of the workforce,” said Ahmed Khaishgi, CEO of SquareTrade. “As a Silicon Valley company, it was important for us to find a location that had a similar caliber of tech talent. We’re committed to growing our presence in Orlando over the next several years.”
SquareTrade is headquartered in San Francisco and London. The company is actively hiring call center specialists and managers and technical support representatives to join the Customer Experience team in Orlando. To learn more about career opportunities visit SquareTrade.
To view photos from the ribbon cutting, visit Mayor Jacobs’ Flickr album.