Fiberlink to add 140 at new Philly office

Fiberlink, a 300-worker cloud-based mobile-device management firm based in Blue Bell, is adding a 30,000-sq.ft. office at Three Parkway, the former Reliance Insurance building, and plans to move up to 140 engineers, salespeople, marketers and technicians to the space by 2013, says Mayor Nutter.

Most will be new hires, Fiberlink spokesman Joe Palladino told me.

Fiberlink called the city Commerce Department looking for space for its Philadelphia-based workers tired of reverse-commuting to the suburbs on May 14, the day Paoli-based Bentley Sytems announced a Philadelphia office last month.

The company, like Bentley, hasn't asked for any financial incentives, Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger added.

Nutter said the city is easier to sell to business tenants in the past two years -- not just because rates remain stuck at early 1990s levels -- also because construction cranes have risen at Temple, Jefferson, the Buck Co.'s Chestnut Street apartments, hotels by the Convention Center and Penn, among other projects.

"We're seeing population growth for the first time in 60 years because the 25 to 34 year olds are living in Center City, Northern Liberties, University City, Manayunk, the Kensington area, you name it," Nutter said. "Philadelphia is where the talent is, and that's where they want to be."

Nutter and Fiberlink chief executive James Sheward plan a ribbon-cutting next Tuesday.