Seimens Corp. Moves 100 Jobs from Concord to the City of Martinez

February 17, 2013 18:00 pm · 23 comments

Siemens Corporation has signed on to lease more than 25,000 square feet at MuirTec Center IV in Martinez. The new lease for the multinational company facilitated the relocation of its Bay Area healthcare and industry divisions, previously based in Concord, according to Globest.com.

The move to the research and development office complex at 757 Arnold Drive will bring 100 jobs to the city of Martinez.

To read the entire story from Globest.com, please click ON THIS LINK.

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1 anonmtz February 17, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Good job Martinez!

Come visit!

Nice restaurants, developing marina….

and now a Seiman’s facility!

2 Bob H. February 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Way to go Concord ! (sarcasm) !!

3 KJ February 17, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Call me cynical, but deals made by city administrators with powerful corporations when the city is desperate for jobs always seem to lead to citizens being handed a big tab to pay off with little or nothing to show for it.

I have no idea if this deal really is good for Martinez or not, but this sentence in the article linked makes me wonder: “Siemens required extensive custom renovations but needed occupancy quickly. We were able to successfully achieve a quick build-out with the help of the city, which expedited the plan check and inspections.”

“Expedited plan check and inspections” sound like they were pushing things through in a hurry, which may turn out to have been unwise in the longer term.

4 anon February 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Did Rick Perry cause this?

5 J. February 17, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Concord’s loss is Martinez’ gain.

6 MTZbee February 17, 2013 at 8:28 PM

@KJ. It’s no big deal to expedite the plans especially if its all interior upgrades! All it means is that it doesn’t sit around the office for a while before they review it. Inspections and building codes stay the same. No sweat off of Martinez’s back unless they gave them tax breaks but I’m sure they didn’t do that!! BTW no need to be negative when a company want to do business in Martinez after all we have the biggest oil company in the world spewing cancer into the air on our own backyard!!

7 Elwood February 17, 2013 at 10:46 PM

“we have the biggest oil company in the world spewing cancer into the air on our own backyard!!”

And without that refinery there would be no reason whatsoever for Martinez’s existence. Do you think you could make it on what county workers spend on lunch?

Same as with Chevron and Richmond.

8 Me February 17, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Spelling of Siemens is incorrect in the title page. Lots of fun can be had with that word though.

9 H. Kennedy February 18, 2013 at 6:06 AM

Good for Martinez being proactive and user friendly in the building department.

As opposed to the City of Concord’s building department who is slow and inefficient.

And that is a very convenient location that they moved to! Welcome Siemens!

10 anon e mouse February 18, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Nice win for Martinez but let’s not forget that the only reason for the move from Concord was that their existing facility there was much too large after several rounds of layoffs (> 300 people).

11 Pyrrhus February 18, 2013 at 9:11 AM

@anon e mouse You are exactly right. I was one of the people laid off from the Concord facility when they moved all production to Germany. I believe the only ones left behind were the sales, marketing, some finance, and administrative people.

12 Tree Farm February 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Barely a drop in the bucket compared to all the county jobs that have left Martinez.

13 Kirkwood February 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Cities do bend over backwards to attract businesses they desire. When Concord was wooing B of A. it essentially gave them the key to the city. B of A could do no wrong, including ugly buildings. When Water World was coming to town the City Mgr. at a meeting told us that NOTHING was to stand in the way of that project. The city even “convinced” Lone Star to repaint their rusting asphalt plant located across the creek.

14 KJ February 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Is Martinez really gaining 100 jobs for its citizens, or are the people currently working at the Concord facility just going to have a different commute?

15 carguy1963 February 18, 2013 at 11:56 AM

I know that a replacement is in the works for that building… a medical company that does a lot of work with the company my g/f works for, that is also in concord.

16 The Real McCoy February 18, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Good job, OBAMA. Worst. President. Ever.

17 Starfish February 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Fresenius Medical Care is going to take over the Siemen’s building in Concord.

18 louille February 18, 2013 at 1:22 PM

how much do they pay?

19 long time worker February 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Yes the Siemens crew has been dismantled due to Jobs going over seas and now the business decision to get out of the business.A new company is taking over the old nelson site. I remember when the concord site was a factory that would make 400+ people earn there living. It was like a large family. It is what it is. Sad but reality. I do miss all my friends.

20 Dangerous February 18, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Concord as usual is right on top of things, just like California and that geriatric governor who still believes what has never worked anywhere else, socialism/communism!
Pearls of wisdom here are a waste of time.

21 Just Me February 18, 2013 at 7:01 PM

I think its a little Ironic that they moved Siemens to Germany. The company taking over there old building is a German based business, and one of the fastest growing dialysis machine companies out there.

22 Rimmy February 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Dangerous, uh, Jerry Brown has already accomplished more in a year than Arnold did in six. Arnold put over a dozen proposals on the ballot and all of them failed. We now have a balanced budget for the first time in years! Check your facts.

23 EBguy February 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM

It is amusing how the same people who would complain about Siemens moving jobs back to Germany would not complain at all if GM or Ford shut down a factory in a foreign country to create jobs here. Why wouldn’t a company based out of Germany want to create jobs in the country it calls home?

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