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Research In Motion (RIM) to add 30 more jobs in Fredericton, New Brunswick

FREDERICTON (CNB) – Chalk Media Service Corp., a subsidiary of Research In Motion (RIM), will add 30 jobs to its office in the Fredericton Knowledge Park, Finance Minister Greg Byrne announced today.

“Just this past January, we were so pleased to announce that RIM wanted to expand its Chalk Media office in Fredericton by an additional 50 jobs,” said Byrne. “Today, its commitment to adding 30 more jobs, which will mean up to 130 in this location, is evidence that this internationally-renowned company truly knows New Brunswick is the ideal place for an innovative, productive business with an eye to the future.”

Byrne spoke on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau.

The company has also committed to lease 2,700 square metres (30,000 sq. ft.) in the Fredericton Knowledge Park, which will require the construction of a new building.

“Space is filling so quickly in the park that we had been approached to discuss an additional, fifth building,” said Byrne. “Today, I am pleased to announce that the provincial government will have a hand in ensuring that the Knowledge Park is able to continue to grow to meet the increased demand for space.”

The provincial government has agreed in principle to provide a $3.3-million loan guarantee on behalf of the Fredericton Knowledge Park to assist in the construction of an additional, 4,050-square-metre (45,000-sq.-ft.) building. The government has also made an agreement-in-principle to provide $480,000 in the form of a payroll rebate to Chalk Media as the company creates the positions to fill the new space.

“The rapid growth of the Fredericton Knowledge Park sends the signal that New Brunswick is open for business and ready to support this burgeoning industry,” said Doug Motty, chief executive officer, Enterprise Fredericton. “We have been in discussions with well-known international firms to grow their companies here, and this commitment by Research In Motion shows it understands the value of the New Brunswick business climate.”

This will be the fifth building in the Knowledge Park. In July, the provincial government announced an interest-free loan of $4.5-million for the construction of the fourth building, which will house the Centre of Excellence in Advanced Learning Technologies.

“We are proud to continue building a strong RIM team in Fredericton,” said Bob Crow, vice-president, industry, government, and university relations, RIM. “Chalk Media has been an invaluable source of talent and expertise. It is the reason we originally located in New Brunswick, but the support from government and the community has also been a key factor in helping us grow our Fredericton team.”

(Source: The Government of New Brunswick)

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