Reaching new heights in Truro Heights

Published by Phil Swinney on

Ocean Sonics enjoys a beautiful new headquarters in Bayview Business Park

Ocean Sonics designs and builds innovative products to improve the quality and success of underwater sound measurements. The company started out in Great Village — a lovely rural community about 25 minutes from Truro — but it wasn’t long before they outgrew their space.

Since they ship their products all over the world, Ocean Sonics President & Founder Mark Wood decided it made sense to move their operations to a more central location.

They considered Downtown Truro and the Truro Industrial Park, but ended up settling on a piece of land in Truro Heights’ Bayview Business Park. Truro Heights is located directly off Hwy. 102, and it’s less than three minutes from where it connects with the Trans-Canada Highway.

“Truro is a great, central location. We’re literally just off the highway,” says Wood. “It’s an easy drive to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport or to Halifax.”

Instead of refurbishing an existing building in the industrial park, they hired an architect to design something just for them. They built a room-within-a-room in order to properly test their underwater sound equipment, and increased their working space by a factor of six.

What everyone notices, however, is that the building is bright, modern, and filled with natural light. 

“I told the architect ‘I want it to be a building that employees walk into and feel proud,’ like ‘I work here!’” says Wood. “It’s the only building of its kind in Truro, and he said ‘You guys may have started something — a trend of making beautiful industrial buildings.’”

Ocean Sonics’ team is up to 20 employees — and growing — and Wood says everyone is happy in their new space. From their perch on the top of a hill, they have a beautiful view down into the Truro valley. 

Whenever a package is ready to be shipped, Ocean Sonics employees can easily walk over to all their usual shippers, like MBW Courier, Purolator, and FedEx. 

“If we were still in Great Village, it would definitely be harder to attract employees,” says Wood. “Now that we’re in Truro Heights, we have employees who drive in from Pictou, Waverley, Dartmouth, and even downtown Halifax, because we’re so central.