July 14, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - An Ottawa-based robotics company, ING Engineering Inc., has opened a Fredericton office and will hire seven field service representatives and engineers.
The company opened an operations and training facility at the National Research Council of Canada Institute for Information Technology (NRC-IIT) facility on the University of New Brunswick (UNB) campus in Fredericton.
Finance Minister Greg Byrne announced the opening today along with Ian Glenn, chair of ING, Mark MacDonald, ING vice-president of business development, and other ING staff who demonstrated the capabilities of the company's unmanned aerial vehicle.
"We are so proud that an international corporation like ING Engineering Inc. has chosen to expand its company here in New Brunswick," said Byrne. "This is an innovative company with an impressive catalogue of solutions for the defence, public and private sectors, and is an ideal fit with our province's emerging technology clusters."
The corporation works in the fields of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), primarily in the area of security and defence. The company also integrates custom data collection and interpretation software and provides training systems for its customers.
"ING Engineering Inc. is a small company with a global reach," said Glenn. "We have significant experience delivering unique, world-class intelligence and surveillance products to international markets. We have chosen to locate in Fredericton because we see real potential in New Brunswick for the future of this company, and we are eager to draw from the pool of talent and resources in this province."
The research facilities at UNB and at the NRC-IIT; the availability of skilled workers; the proximity to Canadian Forces Base Gagetown and the city's technology sector were also factors in choosing to locate in Fredericton, Glenn said.
Byrne said the provincial government is succeeding in its goal of attracting national and international corporations to New Brunswick, generating high-paying jobs and enhancing research and development capacity.
"As a government, we are committed to building partnerships between private companies and research institutions," said Byrne. "Securing research and development investments from blue-chip companies such as ING Engineering Inc. can build on New Brunswick's reputation as a smart province, as well as lead to additional information, communication and technology investments in the future."
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