Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced it is making a significant investment in Iraq by opening a full-service office in Baghdad. Other offices are being planned in southern and northern Iraq over the next few years. The Baghdad office will supply technology solutions such as process automation equipment to Iraq's oil and gas industry, which is in the midst of re-construction.
Honeywell is hiring talented local employees, including a number of young engineers who will be enrolled in the company's Junior Engineer Talent Programme, a global curriculum providing extensive training on Honeywell solutions and project management skills. The local employees will join a team of expatriates with deep, specialized experience in both process automation and the oil and gas and refining industries.
"Honeywell is uniquely positioned to play a key role in the reconstruction and development of Iraq," said Norm Gilsdorf, president of Honeywell Process Solutions. "We are committed to a full-scale presence in order to most effectively manage projects and build and nurture local relationships. Our diverse portfolio of products and services across a range of industries allows us to serve Iraq's needs extensively, while our strong local presence will deliver an exceptional customer service experience."
The company is inviting local customers – including engineers, supervisors, operators and managers – to visit the Baghdad headquarters, which will showcase the full breadth of Honeywell's vast technology portfolio. That portfolio spans everything from industrial automation to security systems, specialty chemicals and aviation technology. In addition to industrial manufacturers such as oil refiners, the larger Honeywell International corporation serves a wide array of industries including education, commercial and residential facilities, aerospace companies and automotive manufacturers.
"The diverse nature of our technology and global customers truly makes Honeywell an exciting place to work because we get the chance to touch nearly every critical technology industry in the world," Gilsdorf said. "For decades, we have focused on creating solutions for our customers' problems, and that has paved the way for some of our most innovative technologies."
Honeywell initiated its entry into Iraq through close collaboration with the US Department of Defense Task Force for Business and Stability Operations as well as the Iraqi National Investment Commission, which provided local assistance and counsel.