McGuinty Government Congratulates Ontario Companies On Creating New Opportunty In Alberta's Energy Sector

    Companies Participating In March Delegation To National Buyer/Seller
    Forum Report New Contracts, Business Growth

    TORONTO, June 28 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government's oil sands initiative
is helping Ontario's innovative manufacturers win new business in Alberta's
booming energy sector, said Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade
Sandra Pupatello today.
    "Ontario manufacturers have the entrepreneurial spirit and commitment
required to find new opportunity in east-west partnerships and I congratulate
them on their success," said Pupatello. "With their strengths in advanced
technologies and experience in meeting stringent production schedules, Ontario
manufacturers are the natural choice for Alberta companies seeking to expand
their supply chain."
    In March, more than 130 Ontario manufacturers travelled to Edmonton to
participate in the National Buyer/Seller Forum, the foremost event for oil
sands procurement. The delegation was the latest in an ongoing program
spearheaded by the Ontario government to assist the province's manufacturing
industry tap into the unprecedented demand for goods and services generated by
Alberta's booming energy sector.
    The March delegation was the Minister's third visit to Alberta in less
than a year. Those efforts are now paying off with Ontario companies securing
new business that will generate prosperity in Ontario. Examples of companies
that have participated in Ontario's oil sands initiative and are finding
success include:

    Hamill Machine Company, Niagara Falls - Employing 15 people, this ISO-
    certified machine shop conducts general machining, millwrighting, welding
    and custom machine building, primarily servicing the food and beverage
    industry. Company owner/operator Bob Benner took part in a food services
    seminar organized for Ontario delegates. As a result of a contact made
    during the seminar, Hamill Machine won a contract to design and
    manufacture an initial order of 30 dough cutter rolls for an Edmonton-
    based food company. This success story illustrates how opportunity in
    Alberta's economy extends beyond oil sands-related work. For more
    information contact

    Bell-Camp Manufacturing, Ingersoll - This full-service, ISO-certified
    fabrication shop specializes in carbon steel and specialty metals, and
    also provides sandblasting and painting services. Bell-Camp participated
    in both recent missions to Alberta and has been very successful in
    developing new business.

    In fact, General Manager Brad Stubbe reports having several large oil
    sands-related orders underway, with the likelihood of further contracts
    to follow. The shop is now fully booked until mid-August. This success
    means the company has just recently completed an expansion of its
    premises and is adding to its current number of staff. For more
    information visit

    Parmerit Inc., Strathroy - This ISO-certified company has 46 employees
    and specializes in custom machining and fabrication, electrical panel
    design and manufacture, computer programming support and mechanical
    design. Parmerit has achieved considerable success in the auto industry
    and was seeking to diversify its customer base. Through participation in
    the Ontario oil sands initiative, Parmerit was able to showcase its
    skills in a growing market. After just four months of activity in
    Alberta's energy sector, company President Ed Veeke reports sales of
    $650,000 with further contracts anticipated in the year ahead. For more
    information visit

    Wessex Precision Machining, Kitchener - Employing 18 people, this custom
    machine shop services the automation, mining, oil field, gear
    manufacturing and rubber industries. Wessex took part in the November
    business mission to Alberta and, as a result of information gained during
    the visit, was able to secure a new contract with an Alberta company.
    Co-owner Peter Alden reports that Wessex is continuing to develop its
    business in Western Canada and currently has several other quotes in
    progress. For more information visit

    "Over the coming months, we look forward to many more of the contacts and
leads established through Ontario's oil sands initiative leading to new
business for Ontario companies," said Pupatello. "Our government will continue
working aggressively to generate opportunity for Ontario manufacturers -
whether that means helping them break into new markets around the world, or
across Canada."
    More information about the Ontario government's oil sands initiative is
available at:

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For further information:

For further information: Phil DeMont, Minister Pupatello's Office, (416)
325-6706; Neil Trotter, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6716

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