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CME extends congratulations to Premier Dunderdale in Newfoundland and Labrador, applauds vision for local manufacturing

Published by Derek Lothian on October 12, 2011

ST. JOHN'S (October 12, 2011) -- Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) congratulates Premier Kathy Dunderdale and the PC Party of Newfoundland and Labrador on winning a majority government in Tuesday's election, and applauds proposed policies that will strengthen manufacturers in local markets.

The party's Policy Blue Book, introduced at the start of the campaign, has laid the framework for a number of key industrial initiatives in the House of Assembly, including a central online database of local products, an extension of the province's supplier development project and a reform of public tendering practices.

"We must continue to work alongside government to create opportunities both here at home and abroad," says David Haire, acting vice president, CME Newfoundland and Labrador. "Exporting remains a core component to manufacturing success, but we must also look within our own borders to create jobs, attract investment and grow our economy."

CME has long been committed to maximizing access to local products. The association's Manufactured Right Here program has been a flagship throughout the region for more than 20 years.

"Consumers have told us repeatedly that they want to be able to support locally made products whenever possible," says Bob Tetford, president, Restwell Mattresses. "The Manufactured Right Here logo has been an integral part of the shopping experience in Newfoundland and Labrador. People look for the logo to help them identify provincially made products on the shelf."

To learn more about Manufacturers Right Here, visit www.cme-mec.ca/.

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