• Raddall Avenue’s Kerr Global Communications has added Ocean Contracting and Basin Contracting/Gallant Aggregates to its list of clients in the construction industry. Both companies chose Kerr to help them in areas such as vehicle location, fuel savings, job cost allocations and vehicle maintenance. Being able to service these companies locally is certainly a competitive advantage and was also a major factor in these deals.
• Aubrey Palmeter is the newest board member of SimplyCast.com. Palmeter is the president and CEO of EastPoint Engineering Limited and president of Intrepid Private Equity, a division of Intrepid Holdings Ltd. During his career, Palmeter has led or participated in a broad range of consulting and construction activities including strategic planning, organizational studies, facility planning, design, business case analysis and life cycle costing, construction and acquisition.
• Roode & Rose is soon moving to the former Maritime Fence location at 89 Joseph Zatzman Dr. The new location gives the company more space and increased visibility. It’s also a great way to mark the company’s 20th anniversary, which takes place in 2012.
• The Nova Scotia SPCA, the SPCA Newfoundland & Labrador, the Greater Moncton SPCA, the PEI Humane Society, the New Brunswick SPCA and the Fredericton SPCA are appealing to the public for support to help cats. Atlantic Canada is overflowing with cats and humane organizations are struggling to address the need. This year is, in fact, the Year of the Cat and humane organizations, veterinarians, industry and professionals have united in advocacy for the cat overpopulation crisis with an aim to increase the value society places on owned, stray and feral cats. Studies show approximately 80 per cent of breeding age animals must be altered for there to be an impact on the number of animals ending up in shelters. Overpopulation directly affects the cycle of neglect, abuse and cruelty.
• Recent Burnside departures include: Urban Primitives, which has moved to Mic Mac Mall for the upcoming Holiday season; and Precision Golf, which has closed down its Ilsley Avenue location.
• New projects underway in the Park include the Medical Examiner’s building being constructed by Marco for the province on the lot behind Simmons Mattress Centre and across the street from the new RCMP headquarters. Premier Self Storage has Lindsay working on its new location on Wright Avenue, just across from the entrance to Wilkinson Avenue. Further up Wilkinson, work is progressing on preparing Phase 12-3 of the Park for sale and development.
• Homburg Invest Inc. has received a claim for damages totaling approximately $27 million from Homburg Canada Incorporated as compensation for the termination of the master property and asset management agreement between the Homburg Invest and Homburg Canada. Since Homburg Invest maintains it terminated the agreement as a result of breaches by Homburg Canada of its obligations under the agreement, it contends no compensation is payable. But this is just one issue Homburg Invest is dealing with. It also recently received a letter from The Netherlands Authority for Financial Markets saying it intends to revoke Homburg Invest's licence as a financial institution in The Netherlands, which means the company would no longer be able to sell shares to investors in that country. This comes close on the heels of Homburg Invest’s resolution of disclosure issues with the Nova Scotia Securities Commission, the withdrawal of Homburg Canada’s effort to purchase the rest of Homburg Invest and the company’s announced intention to reduce its stake in the Homburg Canada Real Estate Investment Trust.
• Three companies are vying to supply a fleet of buses for the passenger service, which Metro Transit plans to start next spring between downtown and the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. A tender call for the nine vehicles will be evaluated by staff and forwarded, with a recommendation, to Regional Council for a decision, likely in early fall. Whichever bid is chosen, the airport authority will contribute $500,000 towards the purchase price. The Metro Transit airport connection is scheduled to begin in May with 12.2-metre (40-foot) buses specially equipped with luggage racks. It will operate seven days a week, 6 a.m. to midnight, from Scotia Square to the Bridge Terminal in Dartmouth, then to Fall River and the airport. Fares will be the same as on MetroX, (adults $3.25 cash or $100 for a monthly pass).
• Halifax Regional Council has approved moving forward with the Stadium Analysis Phase 2. This will include site selection and preliminary design for a potential stadium. The decision also grants approval in principle for the recommendations outlined in Stadium Steering Committee’s final report, and approves an increase to the project budget of $275,000 for the Phase 2 work.
• Pure Brands has set up operations in the former Cabco building on MacDonald Avenue. Pure Brands is focused on brand management, brand innovation and merchandizing techniques for the retail sector. It specializes in sports, entertainment and fashion segments. Visit them at 4 MacDonald Ave., call them at 442-9260 or contact company CEO Jack Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Mueller Flow Control, located at 141 - B Joseph Zatzman Dr., has completed its rebranding as FLOCOR Inc. It’s part of an organization-wide change that started in January as part of the ownership change one year ago when Mueller Flow Control became 100% Canadian owned. On January 5, 2010, FLOCOR was acquired by wholesale distributor Deschenes Group Inc., a recipient of “Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.” award.
• SLR Global Environmental Solutions, now located at 115 Joseph Zatzman Dr., is an independent and employee controlled international environmental consultancy with an expanding network of offices in Europe, North America, Australasia and Africa. It provides multidisciplinary advice from in-house experts on a wide range of strategic and site specific environmental and sustainability issues. In particular, it specializes in providing strategic advice to both public and private sector clients and has a broad base of blue chip customers in the energy, waste management, planning and development, infrastructure, manufacturing and mining sectors.
• Master Merchant Systems and its partner company V-DOCS have relocated to the Cambridge Centre at 202 Brownlow, just across and down the street a little from its former location. V-DOCS is built on the development of a unique digital document management system combined with a digital signature capture technology. The result is a paperless solution giving companies the ability to realize the benefits of simple processing, lower costs, stronger legal compliance and superior customer service while saving time, money and trees.
• Ad Dispatch relocated to new digs at 3 Spectacle Lake Drive, Suite 300
• Cornerstone Construction Products has set up shop in the old Rendan Fabricators location on Simmons Drive. Cornerstone has been a supplier of quality roofing products since 1987, working with roofers, contractors and consultants to meet their needs for equipment, tools, drains and vents, fasteners, caulks and adhesives, mops and accessories, and safety equipment. Cornerstone’s line of products covers everything from skylights and hatches to insulation, from modified bitumen to single ply membrane, from waterproofing to roof coating and steep roofing. Visit them online at www.cornerstoneroof.ca.
• The new multi-tenant development at 181 Joseph Zatzman Dr. is now complete and tenants have started to move in. The first ones include P&H Milling and Master, which as moved its heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration operation down from its former location at 10 Ilsley Ave.
In other business park news:
• Golf Town has been chosen as one of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in Canada. The annual award recognizes top employers that display leadership and innovation towards engaging their employees.
• CKG Group has always been to combine past experiences in heavy lift with today's proven technologies. From its headquarters at 324 Bluewater Road, CKG has built a solid reputation for service and on-site installation whether it’s elevators, overhead cranes, hoists or construction hoists.
• Launched on April 1, 2011, Nexeo Solutions is the newly independent company formed from the distribution division of Ashland Inc. Nexeo is focused on connecting producers and customers of chemicals, plastics, composites and environmental services.
• Park West Physiotherapy has opened a second clinic. The growing practice can now be found at 2 Blue Water Road in Atlantic Acres and 998 Parkland Drive in Bedford West. Owner/operators Mike MacNutt, B.Sc.PT, B.B.A, Dip. Manip., FCAMT and Craig Rigby, B.Sc.PT, B.A., Dip. Manip., FCAMT are pleased to welcome new and existing clients to the new location.
• TitanFile Inc. has secured $250,000 in financing from Innovacorp. Founded by Milan Vrekic and Tony Abou-Assaleh, TitanFile lets organizations easily and securely share large or confidential documents inside and outside an organization, over the Internet. Earlier this year, TitanFile won an award in Texas for new ventures in the cloud-computing industry, and was one of five chosen to showcase at a DemoCamp event in Toronto, beating out numerous applications from entrepreneurs around the country.
• Speaking of Innovacorp, the agency recently added to new members to its board of directors. Chris Huskilson, president and CEO of Emera Inc., and Terri Troy, CEO of Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Pension Plan, have joined existing members Jacquelyn Thayer Scott, Chair; Stephen Duff; Margaret MacDonald; Robert McCharles; Susan McIsaac; Sandra McKenzie; and Tom Traves.
• The Mount Hope Avenue extension is now open. The extension links Mount Hope Avenue to the Mount Hope Avenue/Highway 111 interchange. It’s designed to improve access to the Woodside Industrial Park and relieve traffic congestion on Pleasant Street while allowing for improved transit routing between Portland Estates/Russell Lake West, the Woodside Industrial Park and the Woodside Ferry Terminal.
• Moffats Pharmacy has moved from the old court building on the corner of Pleasant and Acadia to the East Coast MediCentre at 18 Acadia St.