Verizon to Open New Customer Service and Support Center in Livingston, N.J.

Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:00pm EST

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New Facility, to Be Staffed by More Than 950 Employees, Is Part of Company's
Plan to Consolidate Office Space and Maximize Efficiencies in Northern New
Jersey

NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon announced plans on Tuesday (Feb.
17) to open a new customer service and support center in Livingston later this
year.  The center, to be staffed by more than 950 employees from northern New
Jersey, will be located in 153,000 square feet of space that the company is
leasing at the Eisenhower Corporate Campus.

"This is an excellent opportunity for Verizon to streamline our operations
while creating a more productive work environment in a prime location in New
Jersey," said Dennis Bone, president of Verizon New Jersey.  "With consumers
embracing our award-winning products and services, including Verizon FiOS,
this new facility will enable our sales and customer service representatives
and other support personnel to handle several growing areas of our business in
ways that all benefit the consumer."

In addition to customer sales and support functions, various engineering
teams, network technicians and other operational groups will be located at the
center. The company expects the first group of employees to move into the new
facility in the third quarter of this year.

"Verizon has been a committed corporate partner, and its support and concern
to help Essex County enhance our residents' quality of life has been
invaluable," said Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr.  "Opening a
new customer service and support center in Livingston is a great opportunity
for us because it will bring more jobs into Essex County, support our local
tax base, and enhance the services to our residents."

The employees in Livingston will be transferred primarily from Verizon
facilities in Madison and Scotch Plains.  In a related move, the company is in
the process of selling its building at 540 Broad St. in Newark, although it
plans to lease back space in the facility and keep Verizon New Jersey's
headquarters there.  The company does not expect to add employees as part of
the consolidation.

The Eisenhower Corporate Campus is located at 290 West Mt. Pleasant Ave. in
Livingston and owned by an affiliate of Eastman Management Corp.  The facility
was formerly occupied by Bellcore, and most recently by Prudential.  The
campus offers a full-service cafeteria, state-of-the-art teleconferencing
facilities and other amenities.  It also offers easy access to existing
employees being relocated from other Verizon facilities.

"Work is already under way to accommodate Verizon's specific office and
common-area requirements," said Eric Maurer, director of leasing for
Livingston-based Eastman Companies.  "With Verizon moving to Livingston, we
foresee a spike in the area's economy and a great opportunity for our newest
tenant.  We join with our host community in enthusiastically welcoming this
exceptional company to the Eastman portfolio and the West Essex suburban
market."

The Garibaldi Group handled the transaction on behalf of Eastman.  Grubb &
Ellis represented Verizon. 

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader
in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication
innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. 
Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving
more than 80 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations
include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business
solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings
customers the benefits of converged communications, information and
entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A
Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 224,000 and last
year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion.  For
more information, visit www.verizon.com. 

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SOURCE  Verizon

Rich Young of Verizon, +1-973-649-2279, richard.j.young@verizon.com
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