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45Drives Announces First Phase of Expansion Into the USA

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA - (NewMediaWire) - June 12, 2024 - 45Drives, a leading open-source data storage provider for enterprise and SMBs, is thrilled to announce its expansion into the United States with the establishment of new offices in Wilmington, North Carolina. This move marks a significant milestone in the company’s growth strategy, reinforcing its commitment to better serving the American market and expanding its footprint in key industry sectors.

This strategic expansion enables 45Drives to better serve its American customers across various industry verticals, providing a U.S. entity for easier purchasing. By having a physical presence in the United States, 45Drives can offer more localized support and services, enhancing customer experience and responsiveness. The Wilmington office will feature an American-born service team, capable of securing clearances to work with aerospace and defense industries, which are key focus areas for 45Drives and its parent company, Protocase. 

All existing business operations and units in Sydney, Nova Scotia, will continue as usual, ensuring that current customers continue to receive the same high level of service and support.

“We’re thrilled to finally be making the leap south of our border,” said Doug Milburn, Co-Founder and President of 45Drives. “We’ve been very fortunate to grow into this expansion organically through finding a great market fit with strong products and service that our American and global customers have come to know, love, and depend on for their mission-critical needs. Upon completion of our thorough due diligence, we feel very enthusiastic about Wilmington in virtually every way. There is a palpable synergy in culture, work ethic, and coastal mindset with the city and its people, and we’re excited to plug in and add value to an already wonderful business community.”

After a comprehensive search process across the southeastern USA, Wilmington was selected for its pro-business culture, robust pipelines for hiring quality candidates from institutions such as the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and Cape Fear Community College, and the surrounding military facilities. Wilmington’s coastal beauty and status as a “destination city” were also key in the decision. The region’s favorable business environment, coupled with its high quality of life, provides an ideal setting for the company’s expansion.

Milburn further explained, “Wilmington’s unique combination of a skilled labor pool, vibrant business community, and attractive living conditions makes it the perfect location for our new offices. We believe that our presence in Wilmington will not only enhance our ability to serve American customers but also foster innovation and collaboration within our team.”

The expansion will commence with the addition of administrative, sales, support, and corporate positions in Wilmington. This initial phase will focus on building a strong foundation for the new office, ensuring that all operational aspects are aligned with the company’s standards and objectives. The new team will work closely with their counterparts in Sydney, Nova Scotia, to maintain seamless operations and deliver consistent service to customers.

As organic growth continues, 45Drives plans to bring manufacturing facilities online in a future second phase. This will allow the company to localize production, reduce lead times, and enhance supply chain efficiency. The eventual establishment of manufacturing capabilities in the United States will also enable 45Drives to respond more rapidly to market demands and better serve customers in key industries.

“We are committed to a phased approach that ensures our expansion is sustainable and beneficial for all stakeholders,” said 45Drives Co-Founder Steve Lilley. “Phase one will lay the groundwork for our presence in Wilmington, and as we grow, we look forward to expanding our manufacturing capabilities to further support our customers and drive innovation in the data storage industry.”

About 45Drives

45Drives, a division of Protocase, is an industry leader in open-source data storage solutions, providing scalable and reliable storage systems to enterprises and SMBs. The company's mission is to deliver high-quality, cost-effective data storage solutions with exceptional customer service. 45Drives offers a range of products designed to meet the needs of various industries, including aerospace, defense, education, research, media/entertainment, and more. The company is committed to innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction.

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