Oct. 24, 2008
RICHIBUCTO (CNB) - A customer contact centre that will result in 30 new jobs will be established in Richibucto by Bristol Group Inc., Business New Brunswick Minister Greg Byrne announced today.
"Today's announcement is the result of a new aggressive investment strategy, a hands-on approach from our government and the development of a strong partnership with the Bristol Group," said Byrne. "Transforming and diversifying our economy is fundamental to building a self-sufficient New Brunswick, and these new jobs will help in that pursuit. The clear commitment that Bristol has shown to the province underscores our government's message that in New Brunswick, companies can be more successful."
Byrne was joined by Finance Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation; Louis Léger, president and CEO of Bristol Group Inc.; and Richibucto Mayor Meldric Mazerolle.
The provincial government is providing the company with a forgivable loan in the amount of $2,000 for each of the 30 jobs created. The funding will be used to help train the new employees.
"Bristol is excited and very proud that the Government of New Brunswick saw the value of us expanding our French market research capacity," said Léger. "Richibucto's entrepreneurial spirit and a welcoming municipal team mean that we are able to create 30 new knowledge-based jobs in rural New Brunswick. Recruiting begins today."
In addition, funding totalling $180,000 under the Miramichi Regional Economic Development Fund will be provided by the Regional Development Corporation to the town for infrastructure renovations to the facility, which is owned by the town. Business New Brunswick is also providing direct funding of $60,000 for building renovations and new equipment.
"Continuing to make strategic investments and cultivating partnerships like this one today will help us achieve our goal of self-sufficiency by 2026," said Boudreau. "By partnering with companies like this we are demonstrating our government's commitment to the ICT sector and to rural New Brunswick."
This announcement is part of government's commitment to making economic development a priority for New Brunswick. Recent job creation announcements include 200 jobs at TD Home and Auto Insurance in Saint John; 230 jobs at Cooke Aquaculture in St. George; 10 jobs at Maritime Cold Storage in Portage; 10 jobs at AL-PACK in Moncton; and 50 jobs at the Floating Pipeline Co. in Saint John.
Bristol is a leading marketing communications firm offering various services to help clients reach their audiences. With offices in Atlantic Canada and Qatar, Bristol offers clients more than 200 employees with expertise in advertising, public relations, market research, event management, digital and business consulting.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Donaghy, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-453-2694; Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Kathy Purcell, Bristol, 506-383-4000.