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Mission Group unveils new office space
One would have trouble finding a desk without a view in Mission Group Enterprise's new office space on the 10th floor of the 18-storey Landmark 6 building.
More than 60 people, including Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray, toured the new office Friday at a special dedication ceremony.
"We're here today to acknowledge incredible success and momentum in our community," said Gray.
"Mission Group has been nationally recognized for building excellence and exceptional customer service."
Mission Group Enterprises is the parent for five separate companies: Mission Group Homes, MGC Construction, Mission Group Commercial, BigSteelBox and BigSteelBox Structures. Mission Group merged with BigSteelBox in 2012 to accelerate expansion.
To show the importance of including BigSteelBox in the office design, two steel ocean shipping containers were lifted onto the 10th floor by a crane during the construction phase.
"The steel box is symbolic of what we are. It's an unexpected kind of industrial, modern application inside a finished space," said Jonathan Friesen, CEO of Mission Group Enterprises.
"You have to admit, when you see a container inside of an office, it's unique."
Mission Group Homes, led by president Randy Shier, has created award winning communities both within Kelowna and elsewhere in the country.
Friesen said the local residential real estate market hasn't completely picked up yet; however, he said it's getting better.
"Things are still slow, but far more optimistic than they were a year ago," said Friesen.
"There are some very encouraging numbers coming out of the Lower Mainland and we see great numbers coming out of Calgary and Edmonton, as well as Saskatchewan and Manitoba."
The Mission Group CEO added more buyers are looking at the Okanagan as most of the fire sale deals in the United States are no longer available.
"The prices are up 40 or 50 per cent in some areas (of the U.S.) and the Canadian dollar is weaker than it's been in the last two or three years. It's turning a lot of those eyes toward the Okanagan…we're poised for a very interesting five year stretch here."
Mission Group Enterprises decided to keep its headquarters in Kelowna because "it's as good a place to do business as any," according to Friesen.
"It's hard to imagine a place with more balance and quality of life than Kelowna," said Friesen, who has also lived in French Polynesia, Japan and the Caribbean.
"Our staff love being in the Okanagan."
To learn more about Mission Group Enterprise, visit: www.missiongroup.ca.