Though Cambridge Security Services could have moved its 24-hour national communications network and headquarters anywhere in the country to escape Manhattan's high costs, President Stanley J. Czwakiel's personal connection to Newark and his awareness of the city's rapid growth in the technology sector pushed the firm to relocate right in the heart of it — and today, it announced plans to add 200 workers to its payroll.
“It’s much more cost effective to run our national communications hub out of New Jersey, and since I grew up in the Ironbound … I’ve wanted to give back to Newark something they gave to me,” Czwakiel said.
After arriving at Cambridge’s former New York headquarters in the early 1990s, Czwakiel spearheaded a minor expansion into Bloomfield in 1997 and then Toms River in 2007 to capture a market share in New Jersey. But Czwakiel kept his eye on Newark and built a strong client base within striking distance of the city to prepare for a bigger move, and when the firm was awarded U.S. General Services Administration certification to help it win federal contracts three months ago, he knew the company finally had enough resources in place to handle relocation.
In addition to moving its headquarters and command center to a 10,000-square-foot office space at 90 Mulberry St., in Newark, Cambridge today announced it will fill 200 new positions in office management, security and technology by the end of 2013.
“The main thing is for us to grow within the city, so we’re hoping to supply more security within the city and also recruit and hire within it,” Czwakiel said. “In the time we’ve been here, we haven’t had a problem finding people to do these jobs — including high-skilled jobs in technology — and I think having a lot of technology colleges right here is part of it.”
With Cambridge’s new GSA certification, Czawakiel said he expects to see a boost in business through federal government projects, though he noted the company is “looking at opportunities through the mentor-protégé program, so we can team with minority-owned companies in the area to do the jobs we get.”
Though Cambridge already provides security for several Newark-based residential, commercial, industrial and institutional clients, Czawakiel said he hopes to further grow the business by forming partnerships with local corporations like Prudential Financial Inc. and Panasonic Corp., which are both building new office towers in the city.
“Like in every other state, we’re all watching our dollars right now, especially as we’re doing this expansion on our own,” Czwakiel said. “But I think New Jersey’s economy is going to grow because of the economic chances other companies like us have by moving into Newark and New Jersey, where you see larger companies looking to expand, too.”