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Can-Air praised for leadership.

Can-Air Manufacturing (1990) Inc. of Sudbury has received praise as one business which has taken a leading role in working co-operatively with its employees, local educators and government.

It is this type of co-operation that Ontario needs to be competitive in a global marketplace, according to Ed Philip, the provincial minister of Industry, Trade and Technology.

Philip made the statement last month while attending the official opening of Can-Air's second manufacturing facility in Sudbury. The company manufactures a variety of mining ventilation systems, including large-diameter pipe for Inco Limited's SO2 abatement program.

The minister praised Can-Air for encouraging its employees to upgrade their skills. Several of the employees have received quality-assurance training through Cambrian College.

In addition, the company has hired a production engineer to further assure that quality is maintained. The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund provided funding to cover half of the engineer's salary for two years.

Philip claimed that more cooperation of this type would encourage investment and allow industry to invest more funds in training programs and research and development.

"We can no longer afford to have Europe and Japan spending two-and-a-half times more than we do on training and R & D," he emphasized. "We have to end the polarization (of the three groups)."

Philip said he believes that the provincial government's role is to facilitate co-operation between labor and management.

For example, with regard to the situation at Algoma Steel Ltd. in Sault Ste. Marie he said the province "came in and told the union, 'You have to give something.'"

Philip predicted that the gap between business and labor will be narrowed by legislation aimed at making employee investments more attractive.

"These incentives would help create a closer link between unions and companies," he stated.

While employee purchase plans can save such companies as Algoma and Spruce Falls Power and Paper Company Ltd., Philip said they can also help solvent companies raise capital to expand and enter the global marketplace.

"I see it as a real opportunity for family-run businesses that want to expand to get the risk capital they need," he said.

Philip said his ministry is finalizing additional joint-venture concepts which will benefit the smaller family-run businesses that account for a large share of Northern Ontario's industrial base.

One planned initiative calls for the ministry to act as a liaison between business here and in off-shore markets.

"In many cases, if you want to sell your products in a foreign country you need to have a joint-venture partner in that country," he said.

The ministry would help to form such partnerships. In addition, Philip said his ministry would also facilitate partnerships between companies within the province in order to penetrate foreign markets.

He pointed out that such a consortium is being formed to take part in the construction of an entire city in India.
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Date:Nov 1, 1991
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