150 new jobs expected - Alphanumeric Systems opens global, multilingual clinical-application service desk in Greater Montréal

MONTREAL, Sept. 12, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - U.S.-based Alphanumeric Systems, Inc.—a world-class information technology and learning services provider—today announced the opening of its new offices in Greater Montréal, which includes a global, multilingual clinical-application service desk, technical application support, as well as an administrative unit.

The company, which has been established in North Carolina for over three decades, is now hiring 50 full-time workers in the Montréal region and plans to triple its staff in the next 12 months by providing tailored services to its North American customer base and new client acquisition.

"Alphanumeric Systems is undergoing strong growth and the timing couldn't be better for us to expand into Canada now," said Alphanumeric Systems CEO Karen T. Braswell. "We are also excited to do our part to contribute to a robust local economy by hiring employees already established in the Greater Montréal area."

According to Linda Herndon, Vice President Global Learning & Strategic Outsourcing at Alphanumeric, the new Montréal subsidiary will allow the company to enhance its service offering and thus improve its business continuity solutions. "Montréal is a great fit for our growth plans and a springboard to diversify our services and allow our customers to be even more productive. The Montréal area, with its strong university community, also offers access to a large number of qualified resources—a key component to developing and bolstering our presence in Canada."

Ms. Braswell also extended her thanks to the stakeholders that supported Alphanumeric and helped bring its project to fruition. "We received tremendous help from the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and Montréal International (MI). This wouldn't have happened without their support."

"Subsidiaries of foreign companies, such as Alphanumeric Systems, are an invaluable source of wealth for Greater Montréal as they account for 9% of the total jobs in the region and 20% of the GDP. In return, the metropolis provides a number of advantages to these companies, including a highly qualified and multilingual workforce, competitive operating costs and successful high-technology sectors," said Jacques St-Laurent, President and CEO of Montréal International. "MI will continue to support Alphanumeric Systems so that it can develop its business offering and expand further in the region."

The expansion into Canada follows Alphanumeric's first foray out of the United States—the 2010 establishment of a division in the United Kingdom.

About Alphanumeric Systems (www.alphanumeric.com)
Alphanumeric Systems, Inc. provides tailored business services, designed to help customers maximize their organizational productivity by enhancing the efficiency and reliability of three major resources: Technology, Knowledge, and People. An established industry leader in the Southeastern United States, Alphanumeric has grown into the United Kingdom and Canada, adapting and expanding to help its customers meet the demands of an increasingly connected and global marketplace. Established in 1979 in Raleigh, N.C., the company has grown to employ more than 250 and maintain facilities in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania, as well as its operations in the UK and Canada.

About Montréal International (www.montrealinternational.com)
Created in 1996, Montréal International (MI) is the result of a private-public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic development of Greater Montréal and enhance its international status. Its mandate is to attract foreign investment, international organizations and qualified foreign workers as well as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal. Montréal International—a non-profit organization—is financed by the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community) and the City of Montréal.

Since its creation, Montréal International has helped to attract $8.7 billion in foreign investment to Greater Montréal. From these investments, more than 47,000 jobs have been created or maintained. To date, MI's activities have also allowed almost half of some 65 international organizations to establish themselves in the city and attract and retain more than 7,500 qualified foreign workers.


For further information:

Céline Clément
Communications Advisor
Montréal International
Tel.: 514-987-9317

Steve Chase
VP Sales & Emerging Markets
Alphanumeric Systems, Inc.
Tel.: 919-376-4477

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