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McGuinty Government Invests In Centre For Manufacturing Innovation In Cobourg

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McGuinty Government Invests In Centre For Manufacturing Innovation In Cobourg

New General Electric Canada Facility Will Provide Skills Training, Support High-Value Jobs For Ontario Families

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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today announced the government is investing in a new plastics technology centre that will promote innovative research and provide Ontario families with the skills training that supports high-value jobs.

"This centre will be a hub for world-class research and development," said Premier McGuinty. "Our government is committed to building a better quality of life by fostering a culture of innovation that strengthens our economy and helps families find success."

The Ontario government is investing $700,000 to help build the Centre for Manufacturing Innovation for Advanced Polymers Technology (CMI) at GE Canada in Cobourg.

The CMI will focus on turning innovative discoveries into marketable technology.

It will also provide valuable skills training and educational opportunities. The CMI's first project will be to develop a GE Plastics Manufacturing facility in Northumberland County.

"This investment will revitalize the Northumberland community by strengthening its foundation in manufacturing," said Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "The CMI will not only help get exciting new ideas to market, it will also provide valuable skills training for our people."

"Knowing that we have a strong plastics industry in Ontario and specifically in Northumberland, this will help further advance the whole industrial sector," said Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland. "This will stimulate new high-tech employment in our community and my thanks go out to GE Canada for playing a lead role in this project."

"GE is focused on finding innovative solutions for business challenges," said Elyse Allan, President and CEO of GE Canada. "We are delighted to partner with the provincial government on this exciting initiative which enables our Cobourg facility to respond to global competitive challenges in the plastics industry."

Investing in advanced manufacturing innovation is one example of how the McGuinty government is working on the side of businesses and families to strengthen Ontario's economy.

Other initiatives include:

  • Encouraging strong job creation, with more than 283,000 net new jobs since taking office
  • Investing $1.7 billion over five years in innovative research, commercialization and outreach programs
  • Launching a $500-million Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy to help manufacturers develop cutting-edge technologies
  • Helping generate almost $7 billion in automotive investments that retain and create thousands of long-term, high-value jobs.

"Ontario has the people, talent and commitment to be a global leader in research and innovation," said Premier McGuinty. "We'll continue to work with manufacturers to attract investment and ensure Ontario is the place to be for years to come."

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