In the latest in a string of tech firm expansions (Microsoft's plans to add new space in Kendall Square, Harvest Automation's opening a new headquarters in Billerica, IBM's plans to unveil its Littleton campus, among others), The MathWorks celebrated its growing Massachusetts footprint with a dramatic demolition of one of its original Natick buildings.
Using a ballista, an ancient catapult-like weapon, state Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki joined Mathworks founder and president Jack Little and other MathWorks employees in firing ice blocks off the older building and then watched as a MathWorks employee manned a construction claw and started tearing down the structure.
It was a creative way to celebrate another new beginning for The MathWorks, which is planning to build a new 166,000 square-foot office building and adjoining parking garage at the site, adding about 600 employees to a facility that already employs 1500.
Little invited the company's entire local workforce to the ceremony, which featured Bialecki, State Senator Sen. Karen Spilka, and State Representative David Linsksy. Little praised the state and local officials who helped pave the way for the Route 9 expansion. MathWorks also served free ice cream to the employees and other event participants, on what turned out to be a warm, sunny afternoon, despite predictions of showers.
Bialecki lauded the company's continued growth and its commitment to Massachusetts. Little praised his employees for pushing forward despite the economic downturn, saying their dedication during hard times had made the expansion possible. The company has continued to prosper through the recession.
Since its founding in 1984, The MathWorks has become the leading global provider of software for technical computing and Model-Based Design. The MathWorks currently employs more than 2,000 people worldwide.