Creating Job Opportunities for Nova Scotians

Dec 15, 2006

The future is getting even brighter for a local innovator, which means more jobs for Nova Scotians.

Cape Breton-based Advanced Glazings Ltd. develops, manufactures and markets leading-edge technologies that bring natural daylight into buildings.

The company announced today, Dec. 15, it is expanding operations in Sydney, and hiring up to 238 employees over the next five years.

Premier Rodney MacDonald made the announcement with Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Economic Development, Dr. Douglas Milburn, president of Advanced Glazings Ltd., and Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI).

"The province is pleased to support local business leaders like Advanced Glazings," said Premier MacDonald. "This company's growth in Sydney is an example of how innovative businesses can realize their full potential in Nova Scotia."

NSBI will provide a payroll rebate of up to $780,000 over a five-year period.

"Innovation and technology are vital to business growth in Nova Scotia and around the world," said Mr. Hurlburt. "Advanced Glazings provides innovative, environmentally friendly and cost-effective solutions to its clients, and it's for this reason that we can celebrate the expansion today."

Advanced Glazings manufactures Solera, a line of translucent, insulated glass units that improve the quality, aesthetics and energy efficiency of indoor spaces. The product increases the amount of daylight in the space, and pushes it deeper inside. For buildings that use Solera, light is equally distributed without glare or shadow, regardless of the sun's angle.

"We're pleased to have this support from the province and NSBI as we continue to expand our operations in Sydney," said Dr. Milburn. "Our highly skilled and ever-growing Nova Scotia workforce has been invaluable to the growth of Advanced Glazings Ltd."

Dr. Milburn was recently recognized as a recipient of the 2006 Executive Development Global Entrepreneurship (EDGE) program. The Globe Awards also honoured the company with the industry award for export performance in 2006. In 2005, Advanced Glazings won an Export Achievement Award for its export growth through sales. 

"There is no question that Advanced Glazings is a homegrown success story," said Mr. Lund. "At NSBI, we always appreciate the opportunity to recognize the hard work of our local entrepreneurs and to support their growth in Nova Scotia."

Advanced Glazings Ltd. was founded in 1995 by Dr. Milburn to develop, manufacture and market advanced daylighting solutions.  The company has completed more than 150 installations, including high profile buildings such as the l'École Nationale de Cirque in Montreal and the Detroit School of Arts.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia's private sector led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financial services.


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