A Brantford, Ont.-based environmental and geotechnical drilling services company is expanding its operations to North Bay and plans to bring more than a dozen job opportunities with it.
The city announced on Dec. 14 that the Landshark Group of Companies is investing $5.8 million to establish its new base of Northern Ontario operations in North Bay.
The company is purchasing approximately 4.5 acres of land in the city's south end industrial park, and construction is expected to start in the spring of 2022.
“North Bay will become a strategic operational and training location to service other more northern, temporary large project-specific bases,” said Dean Gough, Landshark's president and a former North Bay resident, in a news release.
“With our main office in Brantford, Ont., the Landshark Group now services much of the province with specific focus on establishing permanent brick-and-mortar locations in high-growth areas such as North Bay.”
Comprised of five companies, Landshark Group services large infrastructure, heavy construction, energy, and environmental investigations and remediation projects.
The company employs 100 people across divisions.
Key projects Landshark has worked on include the Hamilton Health Sciences Centre and the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.
Upon its arrival in North Bay, the company will offer geotechnical and environmental drilling, hydro-excavation, industrial services and private locating.
“As a primary operational centre, however, this location will also provide the administrative support, training, sales and repair facilities needed for fleet maintenance and service,” the release noted.
It's expected the company will create 17 full-time positions to start, but that's anticipated to “significantly increase” as demand grows and the company continues to expand its portfolio of services.
“This is an exciting project for North Bay and we’re pleased Dean and his team have selected our community as their northern base of operations,” North Bay Mayor McDonald said in the release.
“Our team looks forward to helping facilitate this project in the Gateway Industrial Business Park and supporting the company’s future growth in North Bay.”