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GEORGIA COALITION FORMED TO SUPPORT NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

 ATLANTA, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The formation of a statewide coalition to promote the ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was announced today by the chairman of GA*NAFTA, Curley M. Dossman Jr., AT&T state vice president.
 GA*NAFTA will coordinate a statewide effort to communicate the many economic benefits NAFTA will bring to Georgia. The coalition has already received broad-based support, with 46 members from throughout the state.
 "NAFTA means jobs for Georgia," said Dossman. "Reduction of unfair Mexican trade barriers will greatly benefit our state's leading export industries. Once the public begins to understand the great potential NAFTA holds, we fully expect Georgians to support its ratification by Congress."
 Currently, Mexican import licenses and tariffs run significantly higher than those of the U.S., placing U.S. products at a competitive disadvantage in a huge Mexican market consisting of more than 80 million consumers.
 Georgia's merchandising exports to Mexico have increased by 329 percent since 1987, when Mexico began relaxing its trade barriers. NAFTA will lock in these gains and create further growth in industries important to Georgia's economy, such as agriculture, chemicals, computers, industrial machinery, primary metals and transportation equipment.
 GA*NAFTA is a member of USA*NAFTA, a growing movement of business and consumer organizations from across the country supporting NAFTA ratification. GA*NAFTA membership information may be obtained by contacting the AT&T Government Affairs office, 404-818-8803.
 COALITION FOR THE GA*NAFTA
 A UNIT OF USA*NAFTA
 Aetna Life Insurance Company
 Allied Signal Inc.
 American International Companies
 Arthur Andersen & Co.
 AT&T
 Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
 Atlanta Customs Brokers and International Freight Forwarde
 Caceres Maritime Information
 Cantrell Machine Company
 Caraustar Industries
 Cascade Corporation
 Champion International Corporation
 Citicorp/Citibank
 Copper Industries Inc.
 Crown Andersen Inc.
 Du Pont E I De Nemours & Company
 Emerson Electric Company
 Ford Motor Company
 Foreign Language & Culture Center
 Greenwood Mills, Inc.
 Georgia-Pacific Corporation
 Habersham Plantation Corporation
 Harris Corporation
 IBM Corporation
 International Paper Company
 J.C. Penney Company Incorporated
 KEMRON Environmental Services
 Litho-Krome Company
 Lockwood Greene International
 Marriott Corporation
 Micromeritics Instrument Corporation
 Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co.
 NationsBank
 Overnight Transportation Company
 PepsiCo Inc.
 Procter & Gamble Company
 Purafil Inc.
 Scientific-Atlanta
 Shaw Industries
 Singer Furniture Company
 Stockholder Systems Inc.
 The Winter Construction Company
 Timberlands Inc.
 Warnaco Inc.
 Wood-Mizer Products
 Worthington Steel Company
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 /CONTACT: Bryant Steele, 404-810-7455 or, home, 404-908-2846 or Andy Boisseau, 404-810-7370 or, home, 404-875-2087, both of AT&T/
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