CORNWALL, Ontario – Xplornet officially opened their new offices in the Cotton Mills in Cornwall on Oct. 12. They held a ribbon cutting event that day with most of their employees and local dignitaries.
The company had announced back in October 2016 that they would be investing upwards of $40 million to build a regional office in Cornwall.
The decision to invest in Cornwall actually goes back almost two years when Xplornet was originally scouting the location.
“We realized when we came to Cornwall and toured the location, we realized it would fit our rural vision,” said Xplornet Vice President Cathy MacDonald.
Xplornet moved into and renovated a space in the Cotton Mills large enough to fit their 130 employees and then some.
Xplornet has 335, 000 subscribers and their regional office in Cornwall will employee technical support workers for that client base.
English speaking support workers start work at $15.34 an hour and that increases to $17.34 an hour for billingual employees.
Xplornet President and CEO Allison Lenehan explained that the company has grown quickly since the move.
“We’re about out of space here and its a good indicator and I’m going to have to talk to Mr. Mayor about bringing more jobs here in the near future,” said Lenehan.
Cornwall Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy was impressed with the renovation at the Cotton Mills and with Xplornet’s committment.
“I would love to have a home that looks like this,” said O’Shaughnessy. “This says a lot about our community. It recognizes their confidence in our community and their confidence in our workforce.”
Xplornet has already been involved in supporting local causes in the community. They were sponsors at the United Way’s Handbag for Heroes event and will be sponsoring their Wine & Cheese in November.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony Cathy MacDonald presented Lori Greer, Executive Director of the United Way with a $1, 500 cheque on behalf of Xplornet.