Updates From Bell Works

Big things have been happening at Bell Works, on Crawfords Corner Road in Holmdel. Mayor Eric Hinds and Somerset Development recently announced that WorkWave will be relocating to Bell Works, making them the largest leaseholder there to date. WorkWave is a leading provider of cloud-based software solutions for the field service and “last mile” delivery industries. The company will occupy a 72,000-square-foot space in the building, with an expansion option for an additional 72,000 square feet. The company was attracted by Somerset Development’s transformative plan for Bell Works, which is centered around a pedestrian “street” within the building’s existing quarter-mile-long atrium. The area will connect tenants and visitors to a host of dining, entertainment, and health and wellness services, along with renovated office space and educational facilities, a hotel, and conference center.

Another explosive development taking place at the time of this writing was the signing of the Matawan-based recruiting software provider iCIMS Inc., who will take 370,000 square feet of office space, thanks to more than $40 million in state tax credits that have been awarded to two companies.

According to NJBiz, iCIMS currently employs 552 people between two sites in New Jersey and anticipates hiring another 390 in the near term. The 16-year-old company is also considering a facility in Phoenix as an alternate location for those jobs, but state officials say keeping iCIMS in the state would have a net benefit of $170.7 million over 20 years.

Finally, Mayor Eric Hinds was also thrilled by the turnout for the Networking at Bell Works event, which was held on May 25. More than 400 Holmdel high school seniors, college students, and recent college grads joined together to network, reconnect with old classmates, and meet representatives of the leading companies in the fields of finance, medical, technology, real estate, education, engineering, and more. Mayor Hinds said, “I really wanted to host this event to take care of our own town and residents first. I am very happy to report that a significant number of attendees landed some key internships, and at least three students I know are well into the hiring process for some very good jobs. I am pleased, but not overly surprised, as I know the superior caliber of student that comes from Holmdel.” The mayor went on to offer special thanks to Senior Executive Director of Fox Sports Rich Russo and News Channel 12’s Sally Ann Mosey for taking the time to speak to the students and share valuable insights into their careers in communications. The recruiting companies also enjoyed the event and there are discussions going on regarding a follow-up networking event.

Mayor Hinds concluded by sending special commendations to the chair people who were essential in making this event happen.  They include Vanessa Granata, Brian Teevan, Darlene Kiss, and Debbie Brew.

Bell Works continues its revival while remaining true to its original roots and to the vision of its original world-renowned modernist architect Eero Saarinen. The building is revered for its role in spurring the development of some of the world’s foremost inventions and research concepts, including Nobel Prize-winning scientists who conceived theories for the laser, the Big Bang theory, cellular technology, the transistor, and more.