Coalition launched to bring Green Collar Jobs to Region

    Windsor, Essex and Chatham-Kent are open for business and ready to
    repower Ontario with Sustainable Energy

    WINDSOR, ON, July 18 /CNW/ - Windsor, Essex and Chatham-Kent are open for
business! With their access to North American markets, skilled manufacturing
labour and existing manufacturing facilities, the regions are poised to
capitalize on their natural potential and are positioning themselves to become
a sustainable energy powerhouse for Ontario, Canada and the northern US
    The Windsor/Essex Economic Development Commission, Chatham-Kent Economic
Development Services, and representatives from local renewable energy
companies, announce the launch of the Green Collar Jobs Coalition to attract
sustainable energy manufacturing opportunities to southwestern Ontario.
    "Today, a large percentage of all manufacturing in the renewable energy
sector, certainly in the wind industry, is done offshore," says David Timm,
Vice President of Strategic Affairs with AIM PowerGen, a wind development
company active throughout the regions. "With stabilizing markets in North
America, increasing shipping costs and demands for local content, companies
are looking for opportunities to establish engineering, manufacturing and
assembly locations closer to markets. These resources exist right here."
    Ontario has plans to double its renewable energy capacity by 2025. The
Ontario Power Authority's Integrated Power System Plan outlines the province's
goals to dramatically increase the role of wind, solar, hydro and biomass in
Ontario's energy system. Combine these goals with the renewable energy goals
in bordering US States and the potential to recast Windsor, Essex and
Chatham-Kent as a renewable energy manufacturing hub becomes abundantly clear.
    "The Windsor, Essex and Chatham-Kent regions provide easy access to
markets and a skilled labour force. The infrastructure, resources and support
available in the region remain competitive and attractive to the right
investors," says Rakesh Naidu, Director of Business Attraction with the
Windsor Essex Development Commission. "Couple this with the increasing
promotion and deployment of renewable energy technologies in Ontario and
across North America and the region has potential to retool itself to capture
these opportunities."
    "We are excited to be working with Chatham-Kent, our partners in the wind
industry, including AIM, Suncor Energy, and Wind Prospects, the CAW Windsor
Regional Environment Council, and others in the region, such as SOBIN and the
University of Windsor, to explore and transform this idea into a reality. This
is truly a unique and diverse group working towards this goal," says Naidu.
    "The CAW Windsor Regional Environment Council is excited to be a partner
in this unique coalition of business labour, research, and academic
institutions sharing a common goal of creating new green collar jobs in our
region," say Mark Bartlett, President of the CAW Windsor Regional Environment
    Over the next few months the Coalition will be developing a business plan
and marketing materials for the region and initiating discussions with key

For further information:

For further information: Rakesh Naidu, Director, Business Attraction,
WindsorEssex Development Commission, (519) 890-8922,; David Timm, Vice President, Strategic Affairs,
AIM PowerGen Corporation, (647) 519-8466,

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