SUEZ Environnement North America, the parent company of United Water and the North American subsidiary of the second largest environmental services company in the world, opens a new corporate office in Paramus. To align with its mission to enable a secure, resourceful future for all, the office building is designed to attain a certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The green building will be occupied by 320 employees providing corporate, technical and managerial services to the company’s business units which provide industry-leading water and waste management solutions for municipalities and industries in the entire water cycle and the circular economy. The move will bring employees currently working in various locations throughout the region into a single workspace designed for collaboration.
“As businesses and consumers have come to expect more in resource management, SUEZ Environnement has grown to adapt to gathering resource challenges,” said Bertrand Camus, CEO. “We have a great success story in New Jersey. We have grown over the past century from a local water service provider to the international company we are today. This new move positions us to further capitalize on a wealth of opportunity in the broader North American market.”
In 2014, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority approved a $5.5 million state tax break to keep the company and its jobs in New Jersey. The open-building layout in Paramus will house all current employees, 15 new positions and dozens of workstations to accommodate regular visiting employees from operations across the country and the world.
“The Christie Administration and the Economic Development Authority made it possible for us to remain in New Jersey, where our headquarters has been for over a century,” said Camus. “While we had attractive offers from outside the state, officials from the state worked diligently to keep us in northern New Jersey. Our location between two major highways gives us quick access to New York City as well as to major airports. This is important since we serve nearly three million people in the New York metropolitan area.”
“Other states would have been happy to welcome the hundreds of jobs we are celebrating today. But when the time came to create a new headquarters, SUEZ Environnement chose New Jersey. They saw strengths like our quality schools, highly skilled workforce and our Administration’s business-friendly policies and outreach,” said Acting Governor Guadagno. “Together, we worked to develop a solution to keep this company – along with 320 jobs – right here in New Jersey where it belongs. So, while SUEZ makes a commitment to New Jersey, I am here to demonstrate that New Jersey is making a commitment to SUEZ.”
“As the largest county in New Jersey, in the heart of the Northeast Corridor and minutes from New York City, Bergen County is an ideal place for businesses to locate and prosper,” said Bergen County Executive James Tedesco. “United Water is a great success story. Founded in 1869 as Hackensack Water Company, it has grown over the past century to become one of the largest water utilities in the U.S. We are pleased that Bergen County will continue to be home to the SUEZ Environnement group.”
“I am pleased to welcome SUEZ Environnement to Paramus, at the crossroads of Bergen County,” said Mayor Rich LaBarbiera. “Our new corporate neighbour will be actively involved in our community while contributing to our vibrant economy.”
In order to receive LEED certification, building projects must satisfy prerequisites as well as earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Additionally, SUEZ Environnement will share data on the building’s energy and water use to attain this coveted environmental status.Related Articles: