HAVERHILL — Italian technology equipment-maker Seica Inc. is moving its North American Headquarters to Ward Hill Business Park, bringing along 16 current employees and plans to hire more.

"This is their new North American headquarters and their plans are to hire as they grow. And the type of jobs they are talking about are highly skilled, degreed positions and sales/management positions," said William Pillsbury, the city's economic and development director.

"It bodes well for the future that companies are finding the type of skilled labor they need here in the Haverhill area," he added.

Seica, which will celebrate its move to 110 Avco Road with a ribbon-cutting June 6, has been in business since 1986 in Strambino, Italy. In 2003, company Vice President David Sigillo opened the North American Headquarters in Methuen, then later relocated to Salem, New Hampshire. 

When Seica outgrew its Salem location, the company purchased the larger facility in Haverhill, Sigillo said. 

"As our North American headquarters grows, we needed to find a place where that growth can happen and be accelerated," Sigillo said.

Pillsbury said the building at 110 Avco Road has about 16,000 square feet of space.

"When a company buys a building, they are sinking their roots deep in the city and it indicates their commitment to be here for the long haul, and that's important," he said. "It's critically important to re-occupy a vacant business and this company has a great reuse for the building."

Seica sells large pieces of equipment that test circuit boards and assemblies and sells laser-based selective soldering solutions. The company markets its products to the automotive, medical and military sectors.

Seica has grown from a couple of employees to 23 full-time employees nationwide with other offices in Texas and Mexico. Most are highly skilled, multi-degreed engineers and sales managers, company officials said.

"This is great news for the city and the Ward Hill Business Park, which is now around 98 percent occupied,” Mayor James Fiorentini said. "I’m also pleased they purchased their building rather than leasing it, so we know they are truly invested here. I’m looking forward to learning more about Seica at its ribbon-cutting coming up in June."





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