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Fiber network company opens new office in New Jersey

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Lightower Fiber Networks, an all-fiber provider of network services based in Boxborough, Mass., announced Tuesday that it has opened a new office in Woodbridge.

The office, located at 518 East Main St., will serve as the primary New Jersey location for Lightower’s expansion in the state.

Lightower’s CEO Robert Shanahan said the move comes as a result of the company outgrowing its previous location.

“We had temporary space in Roseland, it was kind of a one-room bull-pen,” Shanahan said. “It could be three people or ten people sitting on top of each other.”

The company has been growing a presence in New Jersey and the New York City metro area over the past few years. Last year the company merged with Sidera, which spurred growth for the companies’ networks and presence in the Garden State. 

“We’ve invested a little over $100 million in infrastructure just in New Jersey in the last six or seven years,“ he said. “New Jersey has probably been our fastest growing market in the last couple years and a lot has to do with the financial exchanges and the data centers, and we’ve seen additional growth come out of hospital and health care institutions.”

The new space is set up for 40 people and the company is currently housing 30 of its 470 employees in the new Woodbridge office. This means, with its continual growth, the company is looking to add more jobs to its new location.

“When the two companies came together, combining the two companies’ network gave us a much broader foot-print,” Shanahan said. “Now we’ve got this larger network that we can sell more services into, so it requires more salespeople, more field operations, more fiber engineering and those are the types of positions in the Woodbridge office.”

Lightower currently serves more than 7,500 locations, including data centers, financial exchanges and carrier hotels.

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Andrew Sheldon

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