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Ontario protects jobs in furniture manufacturing sector


July 5, 2009
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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The”Government of Ontario“is helping the wood furniture manufacturing industry increase its market competitiveness and protect jobs.
As part of the”Rural Economic Development Program, the province is investing $705,500 to help the sector form a strategic alliance that will allow it to incorporate leading edge technology so it can further increase market appeal for Ontario-made, quality wood furniture.
The project will, among many things, develop an information and supply chain management system, including software development, graphics, web portal development; provide training for partners, retailers and sales people; allow partners to connect with each other and with customers to enhance their manufacturing techniques and productivity; and help retain up to 270 rural furniture manufacturing jobs.
Since 2003, the Rural Economic Development Program has invested $74.8 million in 229 community-based projects in three priority areas: improved access to health care services, revitalized communities and downtowns and enhanced skills training.