September 28, 2015, SAINT-JACQUES (GNB) – The provincial government announced today that it is investing to assist Prelco Inc. in expanding operations at its specialized glass manufacturing plant in Saint-Jacques and creating 20 new full-time manufacturing and administrative positions.

“We are pleased that Prelco has chosen to grow by bringing more skilled jobs to northwestern New Brunswick,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “This expansion will increase productivity at the company and position it for growth, while also boosting the provincial economy and supporting local families.”

Prelco Inc. offers expertise to architects, engineers and customers by providing innovative glass products for commercial buildings as well as the industrial and transportation markets.

“With the financial support from Opportunities NB, Prelco NB is proud to invest this year more than $250,000 in laser, tempering and energy technologies that will increase productivity,” said Michel Morin, assistant director to the vice-presidents at Prelco NB. “We will create at least 20 new jobs over the next three years which means that Prelco NB will then have more than 100 employees.”

The overall investment by the government and the company is expected to contribute about $1.8 million annually to the province’s gross domestic product. Many of the new jobs are manufacturing positions requiring various technical skills.

“As a government, we are focused on developing a supportive climate for businesses to create jobs by capitalizing on their ideas, their entrepreneurial spirit, and their hard work,” said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Francine Landry. “Prelco Inc. is a leading manufacturer of specialty glass with a number of applications in the architectural, transportation and defence sectors. Today’s announcement of 20 new jobs in Saint-Jacques will increase production and better position Prelco for future growth.”

Landry spoke on behalf of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet, who is also minister responsible for Opportunities NB.

Opportunities NB is an action-oriented agency which seeks to attract and support opportunities to grow the New Brunswick economy and create jobs. It provides business support services for small and medium-sized, as well as large businesses across the province.

Headquartered in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, Prelco Inc. holds an ISO 9001 certification that demonstrates the company’s compliance of quality management guidelines set out by the International Organization for Standardization. Prelco Inc. is the leader in security and safety glass manufacturing in Canada. The company has nearly 60 years of manufacturing experience and has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to research and technological development. Prelco Inc. manufactures specialty glass products for architectural, industrial and military markets such as insulating glass units, spandrel panels and tempered, laminated, bent and silkscreened glass, as well as bulletproof and forced entry resistant glass.

MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Carolyn McCormack, communications, Opportunities NB, 506-453-8168.

Suzanne Rhéaume, communications, Prelco NB, 418-862-2275 ext. 3305.