SAINT JOHN (GNB) – A company that provides customer relationship management solutions to North American automobile dealerships has plans to add 135 people to its Saint John workforce over the next three years.

“Creating jobs and making life better in New Brunswick is our government’s number one priority, and investing in people and their skills is an essential piece of our plan,” said Premier David Alward. “In partnership with Dealermine, we are building on the strength of Saint John’s workforce to make life better in this community.”

Dealermine was established in Saint John in 2001 and currently employs more than 120 people in the city. The company offers a web-based, customer relationship management software solution for automotive dealers, as well as a full-service, outsourced business development centre. Dealermine is corporately-owned by an Ontario company.

“I have always said that our best kept secret is the hardworking, skilled people of this province,” said Robert Quirion, president and chief executive officer of Dealermine. “We are proud to be established in New Brunswick. The assistance from Invest NB is being invested locally by increasing our product development, support, account management and business development centre teams. The products we innovate in New Brunswick give our sales staff a broader product offering and, as a result, help increase sales.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Dealermine will receive a payroll rebate of up to $290,000 and a forgivable loan of $150,000 if they create and maintain 135 incremental, full-time jobs by March 2017.

The company is also receiving a repayable loan of $100,000 in support of its business development centre expansion in Saint John. If Dealermine creates and maintains 25 full-time jobs, in addition to the 135 already planned, they could also receive a payroll rebate of up to $100,000.

The investment is expected to add $6 million to the province’s gross domestic product once the 135 planned positions have been filled.

Invest NB is a Crown corporation focused on strategically developing foreign direct investment opportunities and encouraging job creation in New Brunswick. Guided by a private sector board of directors, its programs are designed to support and promote foreign direct investment by attracting new industries and supporting the expansion of existing industries within its core sectors.