Business New Brunswick

Primus Canada to create 113 jobs in Edmundston (09/03/30)

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March 30, 2009

EDMUNDSTON (CNB) - Primus Telecommunications Canada is expanding its customer contact centre in Edmundston, creating 113 jobs in addition to the more than 200 people currently employed there, Minister of Business New Brunswick Greg Byrne announced today.

"Our government is proud to support this thriving member of our customer contact centre industry," said Byrne. "The strength of New Brunswick's knowledge industry is demonstrated when firms such as Primus Canada continue to expand their strong base in our province. Our goal of a self-sufficient New Brunswick is closer to success when we partner with the private sector to create lasting employment for the people of New Brunswick."

Byrne was joined by Andrew Day, Primus senior vice-president of residential services; Denis Leger, Primus director of residential care; Edmundston Mayor Jacques Martin; and Rino Pelletier, executive director, Enterprise Madawaska.

"Based on the continued success of our Edmundston call centre operation, Primus Canada is thrilled to create more employment opportunities for residents of New Brunswick, and at the same time provide more Canadian-based customer service for our valued customers across Canada," said Day.

The provincial government will provide Primus Telecommunications Canada with a forgivable loan of $7,500 for each of the 113 jobs.

"The clear commitment that Primus has shown to Edmundston and to the province of New Brunswick underscores our government's message that in New Brunswick companies can be more successful," said Byrne. "I am pleased that Primus has chosen New Brunswick for its expansion for the second time in as many years."

Primus established its Edmundston location in 1996, and expanded operations in 2007.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Donaghy, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-453-2694; Denis Leger, director, residential care, Primus, 506-737-6433.

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