The TEC Group, a technology company that makes gear for the military and government, said on Thursday it plans to add more labs in the United States and will soon open more labs overseas.
The announcement was made by company Chairman and CEO Scott C. Miller in a phone call with reporters.
Miller said he expects the company to open about 500 labs in North America and the U.K. by 2020.
The company said it expects to expand in other countries in the future.
“We want to be able to work with the best suppliers in the world and partner with them,” Miller said.
“I want to do everything I can to keep expanding our labs, but we are going to have to be a little bit more aggressive about it.”TEC said it plans “to open up labs in both the U and the UK and other countries” in the near future.
The move comes as the U, and by extension the U of A, is trying to find ways to accommodate the increasing number of people from the U’s booming tech scene.TEC also has its sights set on expanding its existing U.S. operations.
It said it is currently looking to bring the number of TEC labs in states such as California, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota and New York to 50 by 2020, up from its current 37.
The TEC group said it has been looking to expand overseas, and Miller said that TEC is in the process of hiring a number of “talent-wise people” to work in the U., as well as in the UK, Ireland and Australia.
The U. of A and TEC have faced a number in recent years of controversy over the quality of its labs, with the University of Waterloo being the target of protests and lawsuits.
Tec said it would not comment on any specifics about its plans to open more facilities in the country, but said it will “focus on our own company’s labs and not rely on any other suppliers for our lab equipment.”
Miller said TEC was “very confident” that it would be able “to find a way to continue to scale up” its operations.
“It’s just going to take time to do that, and it’s going to be very difficult,” Miller told reporters.
“But if we’re not successful at scaling up, we can continue to innovate and do things in our labs that we believe are going of interest to our customers,” he said.
The US military has been testing its own TEC equipment on military personnel at a military base in Hawaii, a move that the military has said was in line with its current policy of using military-grade equipment for military use.