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Premier McGuinty Welcomes New Dell Facility To Ottawa

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Premier McGuinty Welcomes New Dell Facility To Ottawa

New Customer Contact Centre To Bring 500 Jobs To Local Economy

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OTTAWA -- Dell's decision to open a customer contact centre in Ottawa and create as many as 500 jobs over the next several years is a vote of confidence in the skills and knowledge of Ontarians, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

"Our government has a plan to build prosperity by investing in people and strengthening Ontario's economic advantage," said Premier McGuinty. "I'm pleased that Dell has chosen to fuel their international growth by tapping into Ontario's highly educated and highly skilled workforce."

Premier McGuinty made his comments while attending a welcoming ceremony for Dell's first 50 employees in Ottawa. Dell's customer contact centre is expected to open in February 2006 and will provide technical support and service to clients throughout North America.

"We are excited about the calibre of our new and growing Ottawa team and the start of a great partnership between Dell, Ottawa and Ontario," said Karen Quintos, vice president and general manager of Dell Americas Contact Centers. "This new Ontario-based team will allow us to efficiently meet the needs of our North American customers."

Across Ontario, more than 215,000 new jobs have been created since October 2003. The current 6.1 per cent unemployment rate is the lowest in more than four years. Today's announcement by Dell is another example of how companies are choosing Ontario communities, like Ottawa, to build their international business.

"Ottawa has become one of Ontario's leading areas for research and innovation with real strengths in communications and biotech -- and I'm pleased that Dell has chosen to be part of the community's economic success story," said Premier McGuinty. "Our government is committed to strengthening the skills and knowledge of Ontarians so communities like Ottawa can continue to compete and win in the 21st century."

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