India’s HCL arrives in Redmond with big growth plans

HCL Technologies, which has morphed from one of India’s “garage startups” into a multi-billion dollar IT services juggernaut, has established a new engineering hub in Redmond as part of a North American expansion.

The company, which is publicly traded, said it plans to add up to 400 workers in Redmond in the coming two years.

The new facility will focus on software product development, test engineering and platform development.

Political leaders applauded the move, with Gov. Chris Gregoire noting in a statement:

“We appreciate that HCL has recognized the value of Washington, which is home to an established business climate, highly-trained technology professionals and an excellent quality of life. I am committed to HCL’s success in Washington State and I applaud the diligent work of our state’s Commerce Department and enterpriseSeattle in helping HCL choose Washington State to grow and expand.”

Other foreign tech companies have arrived in the Seattle area recently, including NewBay Software of Dublin, Ireland which set up shop last year.

HCL Technologies is part of HCL, a giant Indian corporation with $6 billion in sales and more than 85,000 employees in 31 countries.