Week of February 18, 2002
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Computer Sciences Corp.'s Two IT Centers
Adding 485 Montreal Jobs
MONTREAL - U.S.-based Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) is substantially bulking up its presence in Montreal: The information technology (IT) power has announced that it is establishing two IT centers in the Quebec city. Together, the two operations will create some 485 new jobs over the next five years, according to officials with El Segundo, Calif.-headquartered CSC.
E-Commerce Place Tax CreditsCSC is receiving handsome provincial incentives in locating its two centers in E-Commerce Place. Businesses locating in E-Commerce Place receive a tax credit equivalent to 35 percent of the salaries of eligible employees, up to a maximum of US$12,500 per person. Those tax incentives are available to eligible firms over a period spanning 10 years.
Range Up to $12,500 per Employee
Those incentives, however, drew fire from some local real estate developers when the E-Commerce Place development plan was first unveiled in May of 2000. E-Commerce Place's subsidies, developers charged, unfairly tilted the playing field in Montreal's downtown real estate market.
Responding to the criticism, Marois in November of last year announced that the provincial government was substantially expanding the area in which businesses would be eligible for the E-Commerce Place incentives. The tax credits now extend to businesses creating new jobs in Montreal's entire downtown area, Marois explained. The enlargement was an effort to provide "broader support for e-commerce businesses established in Montreal," she explained.
"The numerous new jobs created will strengthen Montreal's position in the knowledge economy," Marois said as CSC's two new centers were announced. "Montreal offers numerous advantages to investors. The arrival of a company like CSC confirms that, more than ever, Quebec is firmly focused on the future and that the government's efforts to carve the province a place in the new economy are paying off."
E-Commerce Place Scheduled for 2003 CompletionCSC is locating its two IT centers in temporary space in downtown Montreal until construction on Phase II of E-Commerce Place is completed in 2003.
The company's Montreal Software Development Center will hire some 150 IT professionals over the course of the next 18 months, company officials explained. By the end of 2004, CSC plants to have 280 full-time employees at the software center, they added.
Employment at the Montreal remote operations support center will grow to total 250 to 300 customer support analysts. The new remote operations support center, CSC executives explained, will provide help desk and problem resolution services, including remote session takeover products, knowledge retention products, computer telephony integration, process standardization and automation. The Montreal center will work in tandem with CSC's other North American multi-customer support center in Los Colinas, Texas, particularly in disaster recovery situations, company officials explained.
CSC, whose IT services include outsourcing, management consulting, network design, and systems integration, first established a presence in Canada in 1996. The company has operations in 18 different Canadian locations in Brampton, Calgary, London, Longueuil, Mississauga, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.
"The fact that CSC is coming to Montreal shows that we have a much to offer high-profile international companies," said Louis L. Roquet, president and chief executive officer of Investissement Quebec, which worked with CSC in the company's expansion planning.
Portlock Software Relocating Hawaii HQ to Montana
The move was spurred by the popularity of Portlock Software's Storage Manager product, which created the need for a larger headquarters, Hanley explained. Novell has licensed Storage Manager for its NetWare 6 beta demonstration CD.
Labor concerns were another major factor, the Portlock Software president said.
"The phenomenal growth of Storage Manager required Portlock Software to seek a community with a qualified work force," said Hanley, a 41-year-old native of Butte. "Butte, Mont., offers an ideal business environment for future opportunities and an excellent quality of life for our employees."
Ghost Disk-Cloning TechnologyHanley is a veteran player in the software industry, having been a partner in Binary Research, the company that created the successful Ghost disk-cloning technology. Symantec bought Binary Research, along with the Ghost technology, in 1998 for $27.5 million.
Part of Company President's Background
The relocation, which will initially create some 40 jobs, was optimistically welcomed by Gov. Judy Martz, also a Butte native.
"We are excited that John Hanley and Portlock Software recognize the potential economic benefits of locating in Butte," Martz said. "Mr. Hanley brings to Butte and the state a wealth of knowledge about the computer industry. He also brings his energy, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial experience, which will help Montana become a player in this growing industry."
Local development officials were enthused about the headquarters' fit with the Cyber Village concept that the area is promoting.
"Portlock Software is a major addition to our Cyber Village," said Jim Smitham, marketing director of Butte Local Development Corp. "John Hanley's expertise, energy and enthusiasm not only benefit Portlock Software, but will benefit our economic development objectives here in Butte."
Many employees hired to work on Portlock projects are stationed around the world, working virtually through the Internet. Hanley, however, said that the company will likely expand its work force in Butte.
"Programs at Montana Tech, the University of Montana and Montana State University provide a wealth of talented, well-educated people to choose from," he said. "We see Montana as a diamond in the rough."
Briefly . . . Quick Takes
The largest of the projects is that of Nautica Enterprises. The men's apparel designer and marketer is adding 150 jobs at its existing distribution center. Carolina Quality Components, on the other hand, is a newcomer to Henry County. The company will open a 65-employee facility that will manufacture cut-to-size composite wood panel components for the furniture and fixture industry. Another furniture maker, A.C. Furniture, is also setting up an operation on the county, a 50-worker plant that will manufacture institutional furniture for restaurants, motels and hotels. Highly regarded Wayne Sterling, who formerly headed economic development efforts in South Carolina and Virginia, took over as chief executive officer for the Henry County Office of Commerce in December.
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