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That kids cleats was the blunt message Gary Goodyear, federal Minister of State for Federal DevelopmentOntario, emphasized following his address soccer indoor shoes Monday at the 47th annual International Academy for Production Engineering conference on Manufacturing Systems being held at the University of Windsor.
“It doesn’t make sense that people in New York are paying way less for electricity than people in Ontario, especially when some of that electricity is made here in Ontario.
“The province has a huge issue there getting those costs down. That’s an input cost breaking some of our manufacturers,
Goodyear added manufacturers are telling him electricity is costing ‘thousands and thousands a month more than it did even last year.’
“It’s difficult to be competitive when you have those types of exorbitant rates, said Goodyear said.
Hydro One chair of the board of directors Sandra Pupatello warned the province faces a difficult decade of challenges in the energy sector combating falling American electricity prices.
“That’s going to be our biggest challenge as other states are discovering (shale gas), such as the Marcellus (New York) find. That becomes a very low cost option.
Pupatello said Ontario has to find a way to make electricity a recruiting tool again or at least to make the debate a saw off with competitors.
“One reason in Windsor why we landed as many auto plants as we did is that Ontario hydro was used as an economic driver to bring industry here, Pupatello said.
“Emerging markets are chasing us. The southern states are chasing us. Energy is absolutely a part of it,
In addressing the conference, which is being held for the first time in Canada and has drawn over 200 delegates from 21 countries, Goodyear outlined some of the 60 federal programs aimed at improving Canadian industry’s productivity.
He lauded the soccer indoor shoes co operation between different levels of government, academia and the private sector and cited the auto industry as an example of the type of manufacturing kids cleats the federal government is eager to aid with targeted investments.
“We do know that some of the traditional, older types of manufacturing, where there is a small value add to the product, there are other countries that can compete better with us because they have lower labour costs, Goodyear said.
That’s not where the federal government sees the future. We see the future in additive manufacturing, higher quality and higher knowledge based companies,
Pupatello added governments at all levels need to adjust the pace of soccer indoor shoes decision making to match business needs.
She cited the recent decision by Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne to scrap negotiations regarding the future of its Windsor plant as being an example of government not appreciating business timelines.
“Governments tend to respond very slowly to the requests of industry, Pupatello said.
“Business changes dramatically in that they make decisions every quarter not every fiscal year. Governments like to sit around and say, ‘Let’s look at what we’re going to do this term.’
“I believe some of the frustration for Chrysler Canada was having a discussion and not seeing it move forward fast enough for them to make a necessary decision on their product line up, soccer indoor shoes.