Nova Scotia

Web.com Canada to open office in New Glasgow

The Florida-based internet services provider plans to bring more than 300 new jobs to Pictou County, N.S., over the next three years.

The Florida-based company already has operations in Halifax and Yarmouth

Web.com will set up its operations centre at the former Convergys call centre in the Aberdeen Business Centre in New Glasgow, N.S. (Richard Cuthbertson/CBC)

A Florida-based internet services provider plans to bring more than 300 new jobs to Pictou County, N.S., over the next three years.

Web.com Canada Inc. announced Monday it will open a new business operations centre in New Glasgow. The company says the first 100 people will be employed by the end of this year.

New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan says the jobs are a major economic boost for the town and area, which have been hit with major job losses in the past few years.

"Jobs are certainly needed," he said. "We've had a couple of kicks in the past, but this area is responding very, very well."

Hiring former Convergys employees

Web.com will set up at the location of the former Convergys call centre in the Aberdeen Business Centre.

Convergys shut down last August, putting nearly 200 people out of work.

Web.com says it will be hiring some of the people that were employed by Convergys.

"A tremendous number of former Convergys employees have kind of come to us early on in the process," said Sandy Ross, Web.com Canada's senior vice-president. "We have been working with those folks to get our hands around the opportunity here in New Glasgow."

Nova Scotia Business Inc. will give the company $6.3 million in payroll rebates if it creates the 330 jobs in New Glasgow.

3-day job fair

"The investment that was put into this business by NSBI, it does help lower our costs and that is material to the business," said Ross. "I would like to think that that has been a very shrewd and good investment on the part of the province."

Web.com already employs 400 people at two other locations in Halifax and Yarmouth.

The company will hold a three-day job fair, starting Tuesday at the Pictou campus of the Nova Scotia Community College.

"We're going to try and interview as many people as we can. Our goal is we'd like to have 30 or 40 people signed and sealed by the end of the week," said Ross.