Moncton Industrial Park Continues To Grow!

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While Caledonia continues to be the target of major developments and new levels of growth, the Moncton Industrial Park continued to experience in 2003, infilling of remaining lots, with new business as well as new uses for renovated, existing buildings.

Royal LePage Atlantic, a residential real estate sales company opened in a new office at 320 Edinburgh Drive at the corner with St George Blvd occupying 8,740 square feet in the Crown Street Properties building.

Additional construction in Moncton Industrial Park occurred at 215 English Drive with the building of a new home for Procanna Siding Materials Ltd. The company employs six in their new facility, with more seasonal workers added as required. The new building principally serves the Maritimes as the main warehouse supporting depots in Saint John and Halifax.

Procanna's new location includes a product showroom, office space and warehouse in an 18,800 square foot steel building that has been constructed with state-of-the-art energy efficiency in mind with insulation installed at R-20 in the walls, R-40 in the roof, and new local area furnaces are fueled by natural gas energy.

Additional new construction occurred in Moncton Park at 64 Rooney Crescent, where Roadway Systems has constructed a new 4,400 square foot office and service centre. The new facility brings three former locations together and 42 employees under one roof, as the rapidly growing, specialized electrical contractor serves markets across New Brunswick and increasingly across the Maritimes.

The 11 year-old company specializes in the underground wiring and protected looping required in the installation of traffic light controls at highway intersections and traffic control locations. The locally owned company coordinates their fleet of service trucks, from the new Rooney facility and specializes in underground electrical service utilities.

During 2003, at 520 Edinburgh Drive, Stan Steeves and Sons expanded their existing multi-tenant building with a 15,500 square foot expansion in response to the business growth requirement of their tenants. A new company to the Moncton Industrial Park, Maritime Coffee Services, is occupying a new 3,000 square foot building that acts as a commercial service support centre. The new facility assists the company in covering coffee service machine location customers in an area from Dalhousie, in the north, south to Alma, west to Sussex and southeast to the Sackville/Amherst area as a target region.

Maritime Coffee has been operating in Moncton for 17 years and chose the Moncton Park for its convenient location to reach all markets. The company services office location coffee machines with service trucks that in the new building are able to load equipment and supplies protected from all weather conditions. Glenn White, regional manager, and a staff of three are based in the new office and warehouse building.

In January of 2003, a new name in recreational power vehicles re-located to 245 Baig Blvd, when Hi-Tech Power Sports opened a new sales showroom and service centre. The new company acquired the recreational lines of the former Maritime Custom dealership in 2002.

Hi-Tech now markets the Bombardier seasonal power sport equipment as well as full line of Suzuki recreational products. Recently, the growing Moncton Park recreational power dealership took on the Fleetwood RV line of travel and camping trailers. Hi-Tech employs 15 in their renovated sales and marketing building that caters exclusively to the all terrain power sports, RV and entertainment markets. Another company, relocating to Moncton Industrial Park early in 2003, is Target Doors and Windows, at 80 Loftus Street. The company purchased and renovated an existing building where the company continues to manufacture their steel door products, while vinyl windows are manufactured at another location. The new location has a showroom, office, shipping and receiving as well as a customer parking area and caters to the residential and commercial construction industry.

Another local company with MIP as their home is Al-Pack Enterprises Ltd., a locally owned company specializing in the sales of quality packaging and equipment. The company has grown since 1995 with 2 employees and 500 square feet of space to their current 32,000 square feet and 35 employees located at 180 Henri Dunant Street. The move into MIP brings their office and manufacturing components all under one roof.

On English Drive in MIP, another new building is under construction for a 2004 move in date. The modern new building represents a new 10,000 square foot home for Vipond Sprinkler Systems, which has been located in Moncton since 1961, after being first established in 1945. The new office and fabrication center for Vipond's customer fire protection systems will be home to 12 office employees, supporting the 50-60 employees who service the Maritimes from their Moncton head office.

The continuing expansion of local businesses in Moncton is largely driven by a steadily expanding economy that is reflected in the most recent job creation numbers and in the construction activity both inside and outside the industrial parks.