Engineering Powerhouse Relocates to Pickering



    PICKERING, ON, May 25 /CNW/ - Aker Solutions, the process technology
company of international powerhouse Aker Solutions ASA (Norway), has
officially opened its new $18 million complex in Pickering - a brand new
90,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, with 17,000 square feet of
office space on a 15 acre property at 2001 Clements Road.
    When it came time for Aker Solutions to relocate from Toronto, it used a
long list of criteria to identify suitable properties in the Greater Toronto
Area. After a comprehensive search, it was determined that Pickering was the
ideal location. Not only did it fall within the lower price range for
properties in and around the GTA, its municipal tax and development charge
rates were also among the lowest in the region.
    "When conducting our search for the ideal location, the support we
received from the City of Pickering was very helpful and aided in our decision
making," said Bob Vanderland, President, Aker Solutions. "Ultimately, we are
proud to join Pickering's strong EN3 cluster of energy, environmental and
engineering sector businesses."
    In light of the economic climate, the Mayor and Members of Council are
thrilled that this relocation and expansion has brought a large number of
highly-skilled technical jobs to the city. By the end of this year, Aker
Solutions looks to aggressively grow its workforce by 40 per cent.
    "Pickering has been recognized as one of Canada's top municipalities for
business, and Aker Solutions relocation to our city bolsters this reputation,"
said Mayor Ryan. "As a leader in EN3 (Energy, Environment, and Engineering),
Pickering is committed to working with its businesses and stakeholders, such
as Aker Solutions, to address Canada's evolving energy needs and become one of
the most sustainable communities in North America."
    In addition to Aker Solution's new $18 million facility, Pickering is
enjoying a recent streak of positive economic development news. For example,
SNC Lavalin Nuclear Inc. recently opened a new office; Purdue Pharma will
break ground this summer on a new $32 million expansion; and in early May, the
City received a site plan application for a new 132,000 square foot downtown
LEED office tower, which will begin construction in August. Next month, the
City will be announcing the expansion of an industry-leading American company
into Canada via its new national base of operations in Pickering.

    As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is
strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet and has been
recognized by Profit magazine as one of the ten best cities in Canada for
growth companies. Pickering's downtown has been named by the Province of
Ontario as an Urban Growth Centre and future Anchor Mobility Hub. The City of
Pickering is considered a municipal leader in fiscal management, service
delivery, sustainability and the environment. In 2008, it received the
FCM-CH2M Hill Sustainable Community Planning Award. With its direct access to
major highways, educated and skilled labour force, prime employment lands, a
world class EN3 (Energy/Environmental/Engineering) sector, and supportive
municipal government, Pickering offers unrivalled competitive advantages for
business.






For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Mark Guinto, Coordinator, Public
Affairs, Office of the Mayor, mguinto@cityofpickering.com, (905) 420-4660 ext.
2013 (office), (416) 409-0559 (mobile), TTY (905) 420-2173


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