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McGuinty Government Supports Establishment Of Sault Ste. Marie Company

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McGuinty Government Supports Establishment Of Sault Ste. Marie Company

Investment Helps Retain and Create Local Jobs

SAULT STE.MARIE - The McGuinty government is supporting the creation and retention of jobs in Sault Ste. Marie by investing in a new wood products manufacturing plant, David Orazietti, MPP for Sault Ste Marie and Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Northern Development and Mines announced today.

"Our government is committed to boosting the northern economy and supporting job creation in the private sector," said Orazietti.  "Our investment will help inject new life into this company, which once fully established in a larger and more modern facility, will be well positioned for future growth."
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $500,000 to establish Black Loon Millworks International, a manufacturer of custom hardwood products for the kitchen, bath and food industries as well as commercial millwork, custom conference tables and laboratory tops.  This project includes the acquisition of equipment and inventory from another millwork operation as well as facility renovations and the purchase of additional equipment. 

"The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund is dedicated to working closely with employers to create meaningful job opportunities for northerners and young people across the North," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "Our government's support for this project will help retain 16 jobs and is expected to create more than 15 new jobs over the next two years."

This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in the North.  Other examples include:

•    Investing more than $10 million to date, through the NOHFC, to provide internships and work placements to help 554 young northerners launch their careers in the North

•    Investing $2.1 million in the construction of the Flakeboard Company melamine lamination plant in Sault Ste. Marie

•    Investing $1 million to develop Sault Ste. Marie's waterfront walkway.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. The plan has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

Laura Blondeau
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454   

Michel Lavoie   
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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