This is the type business I think can thrive in Halifax. (satellite operations) As the article says 'Halifax is an easy sell' I think this could work to lure head offices as well such as just happened with Atlantis Systems Corp.
From the Herald
Alberta company lures staff to Halifax
Up to 200 sought for N.S. operation that will to support oil patch out west
By JOHN DEMONT Business Reporter
Wed, Sep 14 - 4:54 AM
Scott Richards wasn’t necessarily looking to come back to Halifax but the opportunity to open the Atlantic operations for Projex, an engineering company from Alberta, was just too good to turn down.
Now his new bosses hope more Nova Scotians feel the same way.
This fall Projex, which employs 240 in its Calgary head office, intends to hire 15 engineers, designers and technicians to work in its Bayers Road offices. The interesting twist: the Halifax manpower will support Projex’s clients in the Alberta oil patch rather than work in the East Coast energy industry.
What’s more, Projex has enough business on its order books that it needs to grow bigger still. That’s more good news for the East Coast. By the end of 2012, it expects to have 50 to 200 employees on its Halifax payroll, which could hit $10 million.
Some of the new hires will be Halifax engineers, Brad said Tuesday. But they’re also hunting for expat Nova Scotians who want to go back home, along with anyone else looking to live and work in a place with an enviable lifestyle.
"Halifax is an easy sell for any engineer," he said.
His company hasn’t asked the provincial government for payroll rebates or any other incentive to set up shop in Halifax, Brad said.
In the past, Projex has used engineers based in Regina to work for its Alberta clients.
Richards, a graduate of Saint Mary’s and Harvard universities who once owned a Subway franchise on Argyle Street, is just happy his new employer has seen the light about Halifax.
"The first thing I did when I got back was drive down to St. Mary’s park and go for a big walk in Point Pleasant Park," he said.