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GLOBAL ENGINEERING FIRM PLANS TO EMPLOY 200 PEOPLE IN SASKATCHEWAN

Released on March 6, 2008

Enterprise and Innovation Minister and Minister responsible for Innovation Place, Lyle Stewart, has announced that Hatch Ltd. will be establishing a significant presence in Innovation Place in Saskatoon. Hatch is a global engineering firm that plans to employ up to 200 people as the business matures.

"The arrival of Hatch in Saskatchewan demonstrates the vitality of Saskatchewan's economy and the continued growth of the science and technology sector," Stewart said. "Hatch's expansion into Saskatchewan is evidence that our province is well positioned for the future. We welcome Hatch to the province and look forward to the new opportunities and creation of new jobs."

Hatch is a Canadian-based consulting, engineering, technologies, information systems, and project and construction management firm of more than 8,000 employees in 60 permanent offices around the world. Its principal focuses are the mining and metals, energy and infrastructure sectors.

"Hatch has had many assignments in Saskatchewan over the years related to the province's world leadership in uranium, potash and oil and gas," Hatch's global director of marketing Tom Reid said. "Our clients in Saskatchewan have asked us to make a permanent base in the province to allow us to work more directly in project teams with the clients."

Based upon Hatch's previous experience, the timeline for staffing up is dependent on the number and kind or projects that Hatch enters into.

Hatch is recognized worldwide for its numerous awards for capital-project safety, and excellence in custom-process engineering, process systems and control and project management. Hatch spends tens of millions of dollars every year on research and development on their own technologies and technologies developed with their clients. Hatch has 68 active patents and 87 pending in North America alone.

Hatch regularly works with universities, colleges and technical schools in support of innovative breakthroughs and the advancement of outstanding academic talent. Hatch plans to work with the universities and operating companies in Saskatchewan in the same way to ensure the development of best pertinent talents and new technologies as opportunities are presented to the company.

Hatch will be taking space in 121 Research Drive, which was built to LEED© (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards set out by the Green Building Council of Canada.

Innovation Place fosters knowledge-clusters in energy and environmental science, information technologies, and agricultural and life sciences. With campuses in Saskatoon and Regina, as well as the Forest Centre building in Prince Albert, the parks provide specialized infrastructure, including state-of-the-art facilities supported by technical and business services designed to facilitate technology transfers into the marketplace.

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For more information, contact:

Austin Beggs
Innovation Place
Saskatoon
Phone: 306-933-7464
Email: austin@innovationplace.com
Cell: 306-227-1636

Tom Reid
Hatch
Mississauga, ON
Phone: 905-403-3733
Email: tomreid@hatch.ca

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