A U.S. company that tests slot machines and other games of chance for casinos and governments is expanding its offices to Dieppe and doubling its workforce thanks in part to an employee who hails from New Brunswick.
Over the next four years, BMM Testlabs will add 173 jobs to the 27 they already announced last August.
Originally from Edmunston, Jean Corriveau, the company's director of operations, is partially responsible for the move.
Corriveau started his career in the gaming industry working at Spielo and Lotto Atlantic. He then went to Las Vegas.
"I did work in the past at BMM in Las Vegas in my younger career, but home is home," he said."I'm from New Brunswick, so I really pushed to keep it here."
BMM Testlabs has offices in Las Vegas, Spain, Australia, South Africa and Peru.
Now, its base for eastern North America is Dieppe.
Since New Brunswick is also one hour ahead of BMM's customers along the eastern seaboard it helps to provide more timely service, said Corriveau.
"We also have a lot of clients along the eastern seaboard so then we can offer better service for them within their normal working hours," he said.
The province will give BMM $1.45 million after the 173 mathematicians, engineers, business agents and IT specialists are hired.