Make way for Maxar Technologies. The parent of Westminster’s DigitalGlobe said Wednesday it is moving its global headquarters to Colorado and bringing 800 new jobs to the area.

The international space company, which a year ago was based in Canada, will consolidate administrative operations in the Denver area as part of its recent $2.4 billion October purchase of DigitalGlobe, known for taking high-resolution photos of Earth from space. But beyond centralizing duties such as accounting, finance and taxes, Maxar officials expect to grow its technical workforce in Colorado.

“The vast majority (of employees) we have are engineers and scientists. We certainly hope to have significant growth in the DigitalGlobe business,” said Howard L. Lance, Maxar’s CEO who will move to Colorado. “We are looking more broadly at Colorado as a place to grow our business. I can’t be specific over what will move here but we’re making this decision and putting our footprint in Colorado.”

The company formerly known as MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. and based in Vancouver, British Columbia, was renamed Maxar after the DigitalGlobe purchase. It temporarily moved its headquarters to San Francisco after hiring Lance, who lived there. But most of its administrative staff stayed behind in Canada. Lance said that only about 20 people, mostly executives, work in San Francisco and that office will close in April.

It’s big news for Colorado’s space industry, home to United Launch Alliance and major divisions of Sierra Nevada Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. According to a 2017 report from the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.’s Colorado Space Coalition, the state ranked first in the U.S. for private aerospace employment on a per capita basis.

That likely factored into Maxar’s decision, said Jay Lindell, who specializes in aerospace and defense industry at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Business

      

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