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NI invests 2,8 million dollars to expand operations in Costa Rica

NI invests 2,8 million dollars to expand operations in Costa Rica

  • Expansion underscores commitment to innovation in the region and supports 197% increase in workforce in one year 
Heredia, August 23, 2021. The multinational corporation NI (National Instruments) invested $2.8 million in the expansion and renovation of its Costa Rican operations. The growth will support the tech company’s presence in the country and is expected to bring an additional 80 jobs.
The company made the announcement this morning during the tenth-anniversary celebration in the country, attended by the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado Quesada. He was pleased with the investment and the generation of quality jobs in electrical and electronics engineering, information technology, finance, digital marketing, and operations, among others.
President Alvarado highlighted that NI –a company operating in such sophisticated areas– has found in Costa Rica a strategic partner to establish operations in the country in the last ten years. In addition, the international magazine fDi Intelligence has confirmed the country's good investment climate and highly qualified human talent in a study recently published that places us as the country with the best performance in pioneering investments worldwide.
"The announcement of this important investment in new offices, as well as the high-tech laboratory, will allow the company to continue growing and generating stable and quality jobs," added President Alvarado during his visit to the company.
Because of this investment, NI renovated its facilities in the Ultrapark II free trade zone, located in Heredia. In addition, it set up an advanced engineering laboratory, ergonomic workspaces with all the necessary safety measures, meeting rooms, collaboration leisure spaces, and ample parking. For this purpose, the company contracted 90% of all services and materials from Costa Rican suppliers, mainly small and medium-sized companies.
NI, headquartered in Austin, Texas, has developed software-connected automated test and measurement systems that enable engineers to solve the world's toughest challenges for more than 40 years.
The Minister of Foreign Trade, Andrés Valenciano, emphasized, "For us, the news of NI's expansion is a source of great satisfaction. In these ten years that the company has been in the country, it has found highly dynamic conditions that favor its growth and constant reinvestment, hand in hand with our human talent. We appreciate the confidence they have placed in us and the quality opportunities for our people in different areas. You can be sure that in Costa Rica, you have a partner to work together to grow operations through sustainable and inclusive development".
In Costa Rica, the company currently employs 425 people, 20% above the number expected for 2022. That demonstrates the company’s fast and successful growth of its operations in the country.
"At NI, we believe in the power and potential of making connections—between people, ideas, and technology. We’re dedicated to helping our customers and the communities we live in to thrive today, tomorrow, and for the next 100 years. Costa Rican talent has been key to offering creative solutions, and this investment in our operations reflects the company’s support for the versatility, capacity, and commitment of our people," said Carlos Ríos, General Manager of NI for Costa Rica.
Eric Scharf, President of CINDE, commented, "Costa Rica's value proposition based on people, planet and prosperity, aligns with the productive sustainability strategy that companies like NI implement every day. In addition, our country is a laboratory for client-centric solutions. Top companies in the industry are betting on our country to consolidate their operations and take them to new levels of added value, all hand in hand with Costa Rican human talent".
The company maintains its recruiting processes open in several areas. Interested people can apply at
STEM Education
As part of its tenth-anniversary celebration, NI also launched a US$100,000 to support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational projects of two non-governmental organizations. The selection process is ongoing, and the winning NGOs will be announced in October.
"We are an engineering company that puts people first. Thus, we see education as a transformative element in people's lives. Our goal is to have a positive impact in this area with projects that promote equity and access to opportunities, especially among vulnerable populations," said Ríos.
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