IBM Looks To Deliver On Promise Of 1,300 New Jobs

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials of IBM say the company is well on its way to filling the promised 1,300 jobs at its new Dubuque global delivery service center.

IBM vice president Joe Dzaluk says the firm has had some "growing pains" in its first months in Dubuque. He pointed to some of the difficulties with the area housing shortage, but he said the ramp-up has mostly been going well.

The firm is expected to file an official annual report with the state later this month on how hiring is progressing at the center.

The service center provides maintenance and monitoring of computer hardware and systems to IBM's business clients in the United States and overseas. It is located in a downtown Dubuque fixture built during the Great Depression that formerly housed a department store.