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Verizon to keep growing in Mass.

Verizon Communications Inc. will continue expanding operations in Massachusetts and expects to hire more engineering talent for its research and development labs in Waltham.

“We feel very good about this part of the world, and we continue to hire here,” said John Stratton, president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, at the Boston College Chief Executives’ Club of Boston luncheon on Wednesday.

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Stratton was the stand-in speaker at the lunch gathering of area business leaders because Verizon chairman and chief executive officer Lowell McAdam had to cancel.

The telecommunications giant employees has about 9,500 people in the state and spent $700 million here last year across all of its operations. It recently settled a contentious labor dispute with its unionized landline workers, including 6,000 in Massachusetts.

Stratton said the explosive growth in mobile technology continues to be a major driver for Verizon, and much of the company’s new developments in that area are being achieved at the Verizon Innovation Center in Waltham, which opened last year. “Verizon is at the heart of this connected world,” he said, “and we play a big part in keeping Massachusetts at the forefront of the technology revolution.”

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