BILLERICA -- From Greece to Billerica, and numerous sites in-between, plenty of history arrived in town on Thursday.
Before the Olympics kick-off in Sochi, Russia this winter, the 2014 Olympic torch stopped by a Billerica telecommunications company Thursday morning.
Avaya, the official networking partner of the Olympics, has been bringing the torch around the world before the Olympics start in February. The technology provider has an office off Concord Road in Billerica, which is where the torch ended up on Thursday.
State Rep. Marc Lombardo, R-Billerica, was one of the lucky ones to hold it.
"It was really a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Very cool," Lombardo said. "To think that this was the one lit off the fire in Greece, and where it's been and where it's going, it was awesome to hold it."
The torch, which Lombardo called "modern, very light and sleek," is scheduled to visit Fenway Park and then the Boston Marathon finish line on Thursday.
Deb Kline, spokesperson for the company based out of Santa Clara, Calif., said the torch will have stopped at 33 Avaya offices by the time the tour ends. The torch will be in the United States for the rest of December, before heading to the Asia-Pacific region in January and then to Sochi, Russia for the Olympics in early February.
"It's a real unifying event for Avaya," Kline said. "It's always exciting for all the employees to get a chance to hold it. It's our third winter Olympics as the networking partner, and it's been great every time."
Avaya is a worldwide telecommunications provider, selling software to large global multinational businesses and to "local main street merchants," Kline said.
Avaya's Billerica office is located at 600 Technology Park Drive.
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