P.E.I. company to grow by 130 employees over five years
© Darrell Cole - The Amherst News
Advantage Communications presidnet and CEO Kent MacPhee (centre) speaks to Cumberland North MLA Brian Skabar (left) and Amherst Mayor Robert Small after announcing its expansion plans on Wednesday.
AMHERST – A Prince Edward Island-based company is expanding its presence in Amherst.
Advantage Communications, which first opened a customer support centre in Centennial Plaza two years ago, expects to create an additional 130 jobs over the next five years in its new quarters in the former Co-op building on Lawrence Street.
The company presently employs about 80.
"Our company's success would not be possible without the skill and talent of our people," company president and CEO Kent MacPhee said during a Wednesday press conference. "In Amherst, we have the right conditions to help us grow. The skilled labour pool, along with the job creation incentive from the province, through NSBI, mean we were able to focus our growth here in Nova Scotia."
The company presently operates call centers in Summerside, Charlottetown and Souris, P.E.I. as well as in Dieppe, N.B. It employs more than 400 serving clients across North America.
The province is providing a five-year job creation incentive of up to $829,200.
"Advantage Communications is a growing company with locations throughout our region. The province worked with the community and the company to ensure this growth happens in Amherst, creating jobs that help enable families to stay here at home," Cumberland North MLA Brian Skabar said in announcing the job creation incentive.
By moving to the former Co-op location, Advantage Communication fills the void left when the Thing5 customer support centre closed last fall. It also allows the company to expand its operation after outgrowing its present location on Robert Angus Drive.
Mayor Robert Small is thrilled to see the company make a long-term commitment to Amherst.
"This company has been part of the town's business community and a valued employer for a couple of years now," the mayor said. "Today's announcement of 130 new jobs being create is welcome news for Amherst and Cumberland County and confirms Advantage Communications' faith in our community for business success."