As it becomes a separate publicly traded company, the ADT Corp. plans to add 150 jobs at its call monitoring center and sales office in Irving, the security services firm announced Tuesday.
The hiring plans come after shareholders of parent Tyco International on Monday approved the spinoff of ADT, which will officially begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 1.
Since April, ADT said, it has added more than 200 jobs in Irving, which is one of six call monitoring centers in North America that together handle more than 25 million alarm signals annually.
ADT traces part of its history to the Dallas region.
In 2010, Tyco acquired Irving-based Brinkâs Home Security Holdings Inc., which operated as Broadview Security, in a deal worth about $2 billion in cash and stock. Tyco combined Brinkâs with the ADT brand.
ADT provides security services and monitoring for residents and small businesses.
It employs more than 1,000 workers at its Irving center and other offices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Irving economic development officials were pleased to see ADT increase its presence in the city.
âThis is a big economic win for both ADT and for the City of Irving,â Chris Wallace, president and chief executive of the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. âADT â" and previously Brinkâs â" has been a great corporate resident in Irving, and the 350 new jobs they have created and are creating will benefit our community and the North Texas region.â
Shawn Lucht, ADTâs senior vice president of operations, said a combination of business demand and changes associated with the spinoff prompted the need for additional employees in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
ADTâs split from the parent company required the need to move some jobs from other locations, including Kansas City, Lucht said.
âWe had to move some resources to locations that will be focused on residential business,â he said.
The Irving call monitoring center, unlike the other centers, also has a sales office as well as a field support center. ADT also employs IT workers, technicians and managers in Irving, Lucht said.
Lucht said he could see additional job growth in D-FW area as the company pursues âcontinual growth as we stand alone.â