Plan B growth plans outlined
Plan B has millions of dollars worth of plans in Tawa.
The business continuity specialist, which provides back-up data storage for banking, insurance and other businesses, has been based in Main Rd, Tawa, since 2009.
The company was founded in Auckland in 1999 and has expanded to Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.
The Plan B building’s top floor in Tawa was jointly owned with another firm but recently the company has taken over the entire space, plus additional room on the ground floor.
Last week, managing director Ian Forrester announced the company would expand its site by 1000sqm and would build a new data centre in Auckland.
The two projects will cost $ 30m and follow Plan B’s recent acquisition of cloud backup provider Disaster Recovery Group.
‘‘ We will open a custombuilt data centre and business recovery centre in Tawa,’’ Forrester said. ‘‘We’re gutting and rebuilding from scratch.
‘‘We’re not trying to compete with the big boys, like Datacom or Gen-i, but like to think we’re developing a niche. We want to be a good Kiwi success story.’’
The reason Tawa was chosen, Forrester said, was its proximity to Wellington and geotechnical advice showed the building was constructed on solid bedrock.
Up to 30 employees could be housed in the Tawa office and Forrester also predicted positive offshoots for the local economy if they went through the expansion, due to be completed in August.