Companies open doors to MPs during Manufacturing Awareness Week Sept. 10-14

    OTTAWA, Sept. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Manufacturers from coast to coast will
open their doors to federal politicians September 10-14 during Canadian
Manufacturers & Exporters' Manufacturing Awareness Week.
    The week-long event will feature federal Members of Parliament touring
Canada's small, medium and large manufacturing facilities in their respective
ridings to gain a better understanding of Canada's largest business sector.
    "Manufacturing in the 21st century is high-tech, high paying, high value
and highly skilled," says Jayson Myers, CME president. "It's the economic
engine of this country and we want to spread the message that manufacturing
matters not only to our economy, but to the standard of living of each and
every Canadian."
    "We want to correct public perceptions of what manufacturing in Canada is
all about."
    "Too often people say that manufacturing is in decline, that it's
disappearing, but that's definitely not the case. Just the opposite," Myers
adds." The business of manufacturing today is all about highly skilled people,
working with advanced technologies, to bring innovative products to their
customers in very innovative ways. It's about products, but it's also about
design, and engineering, and service, and logistics. It's about global
business. It's the future for Canada.
    "We need to tell the 'MADE IN CANADA' story, about companies that are
growing as a result of their global vision and global excellence. The first
step is by opening our doors so our politicians can see for themselves what
manufacturing in the 21st century is all about.
    If we want our elected officials to make smart policy decisions that
reflect our needs, it only makes sense that they completely understand the
new-age of Canadian manufacturing."

    Quick facts on manufacturing:

    - Single largest business sector in Canada
    - Directly accounts for 17% of Canada's GDP
    - Every $1 of manufacturing output generates $3.05 in total economic
      activity - largest economic multiplier
    - Approximately $600 billion in annual shipments
    - 2.1 million Canadians employed in manufacturing
    - Wage levels 22% above national average
    - Accounts for 2/3 of Canada's goods & services exports
      = $450 billion
    - Accounts for 2/3 of private sector R&D in Canada
    - Manufacturers reduced GHG emissions by 9.3% between 1990 and 2005.

For further information:

For further information: Jeff Brownlee, (613) 238-8888 ext. 233; For
more information on Manufacturing Awareness Week, visit

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