Malcolm McLaren, CEO and president of McLaren Engineering Group, spoke Thursday as his firm opened a new office in Woodcliff Lake. — Courtesy: McLaren
By Joshua Burd
A national engineering firm with a plan to expand in New Jersey has opened its new 57,000-square-foot office in Woodcliff Lake.
The full-service practice, McLaren Engineering Group, welcomed local officials and other visitors on Thursday to the new space at 530 Chestnut Ridge Road, the newest among its 10 offices nationwide. Located off the Garden State Parkway, the location currently houses a staff of 130, but has capacity for more than 250 professionals.
“We are excited about the growth opportunities for our firm in New Jersey and the expansion of our regional footprint,” said Malcolm McLaren, the CEO and president of the West Nyack, New York-based firm. “Our new corporate office positions us for future growth while providing the platform to support our numerous New Jersey projects, including most recently the Wittpenn Bridge in Kearny and Caven Point Marine Terminal in Jersey City.”
The debut comes six months after McLaren announced its plans to grow in the state and take space in Woodcliff Lake, under a 12-year lease with Keystone Property Group. The firm’s other work in New Jersey includes mixed-use developments at 197 and 207 Van Vorst in Jersey City, the Pulaski Skyway bridge in Kearny, a recreational pier in Weehawken and automated signage at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Its team has also worked on wharf reconstruction at Port Newark-Elizabeth and the Babbio Center at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, while working to improve over 300 miles of coastline in the Port of New York and New Jersey, according to a news release.
“Our borough is a prime destination for business, and it’s wonderful to have a leading engineering firm join us,” Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo said. “McLaren’s expansion has been exciting for the community, which also houses North American headquarters for BMW and Perillo Tours.”
McLaren said it planned to hire several dozen professionals in Woodcliff Lake the coming months, including engineers for entry-level, project management and senior leadership roles. The firm is also looking to add administrative professionals in accounting, information technology, human resources and marketing.
“Bergen County welcomes McLaren,” Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco said. “The firm’s high-quality work is evident in its many infrastructure projects throughout the region. McLaren will thrive in a county that offers an abundance of resources and fosters overall business growth.”