Updated with additional details on Nest’s plans for the Seattle region.
Nest Labs, the company known for the Nest Learning Thermostat and other smart home devices, is expanding to the Seattle region with a new presence in Kirkland, Wash., inside the existing offices of its sister company, Google.
The company’s co-founder and vice president of engineering, Matt Rogers, is slated to visit Seattle later this week to detail the plans during a private event at Google’s Fremont office.
Nest’s office will be led by Brian Marsh, engineering director and Kirkland site lead. The company is currently listing six job openings in its Kirkland office, including Android Applications Engineer, Backend Software Engineer, Web Applications Engineer, and iOS Applications Engineer.
“Seattle is a hotbed of talent and we’re excited to begin building a presence here,” said Marsh via email.
“While we are starting with the six positions listed in Kirkland, we’ll be adding more soon,” he added “I’m looking forward to tapping into the great resources Seattle/Kirkland has to offer and continuing our growth in the area.”
Marsh said engineers in the Seattle area will work across all Nest products, including the Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Protect smoke + CO alarm, Nest Cam, and the Works with Nest developer program.
Nest was acquired last year by Google for $3.2 billion, and is now one of the companies in the Alphabet umbrella company created earlier this year, led by Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
Rogers and co-founder Tony Fadell were previously at Apple, with Rogers leading iPod software development and Fadell leading the overall iPod development team. In addition to its flagship thermostat, Nest offers a smart smoke dector and a security camera, acquired through its purchase of Dropcam.
Nest, based in Palo Alto, Calif., is the latest in a series of companies from Silicon Valley and other parts of California to establish operations in the Seattle region, competing for engineering talent against Microsoft, Amazon and a wide variety of homegrown Seattle tech startups.