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3 No. 10
Ottawa takes first step into the future
The bigger the job the more help you need, and there is no bigger job than building an economic future for Canada.
The federal government realizes the enormous task it is facing and
has taken the first step in the process with a recent report entitled
"A Plan for Growth and Prosperity."
The report, which outlines a growth strategy and various proposals
for Canada's future economy, was recently presented by Finance Minister
Ralph Goodale to the House of Commons finance committee.
"By virtually every measure, over the past decade the Canadian
economy has been one of the most successful in the world. Since 1997
our country has posted the longest string of federal budget surpluses
in our history and our records of growth in living standards, job
creation and debt reduction are unmatched by any other major country.
"To build on that progress and to maintain a quality of life second
to none, our country must now focus on the opportunities and challenges
that will shape the world over the next two decades," the reports notes.
In particular, the report singles out the rapid growth of new
economic giants such as China and India, as well as the widespread
adoption of new ways of producing and delivering goods and services
around the world.
A second issue is the challenge posed to Canada's future standard of
living as the baby boom generation retires and the relative number of
working-age Canadians begins to shrink.
"(The plan) acknowledges that the Government of Canada alone cannot
achieve the goals of greater jobs, growth and sustainable prosperity,
but rather that all orders of government, private firms, labour unions,
non-profit agencies and individual Canadians will play important roles
in building the Canada we want and our children deserve," the report
The plan recommends action in four specific areas including creating
opportunities for all Canadians; advancing an innovative economy;
positioning Canada at the centre of global commerce and networks; and
building the right investment environment.
According to the plan, a critical area of focus for Canada's future
economy will be innovation. "A successful 21st century economy creates
and quickly adopts leading-edge technology. An innovative economy rests
on the foundation of knowledge created in its universities, the level
of excellence it attains in new discoveries and its success in training
people with advanced skills.
"Our country must constantly improve its capacity to generate the
knowledge, innovation and research that lead to new products, services
and methods of doing business in order to provide working Canadians
with better jobs and incomes. Sustained, long-term economic growth also
requires a comprehensive and innovative approach to environmental
sustainability," the plan emphasizes.
In order to build a more innovative economy in the future, the
federal government will focus on strengthening international research
networks; retaining leadership in university-based research;
encouraging private sector research and development and technology
adoption; and accelerating the commercialization of new technologies.
It may only be a first step, but it is an important one.
Hougen establishes Canadian warehouse/support center
order to better serve its Canadian customers, Hougen Manufacturing
Inc., Flint, MI has announced the formation of Hougen of Canada.
At the same time, Hougen opened a new Canadian distribution
warehouse and technology support center based in Hamilton, ON. The
facility, which 2,500 sq. ft., currently has two employees.
The new organization and facility will provide product sales support
services for the company's entire line-up of holemaking technologies.
The technologies that Hougen of Canada will support include all 15
models of Hougen portable magnetic drills; Rotabroach annular cutters;
RotaCut and Holcutter Series of sheetmetal holecutters; Punch-Pro
portable electro-hydraulic hole punchers; and a variety of auxiliary
tools and accessories.
Opening the new facility provides a variety of benefits for both
Hougen customers and Hougen's network of Canadian distributors, states
Mike Tobola, who has been appointed manager of the new Canadian
"We have a number of Canadian distributors and they previously had
to get products out of our office in Michigan. They had (the problem
of) getting the products across the border and pay the exchange rates
as well as freight charges," explains Tobola.
According to Tobola, the establishment of Hougen of Canada and the
new warehousing facility now makes possible immediate shipments,
including overnight and next day deliveries, throughout Canada from the
In addition, Tobola says that the consolidated distribution point in
Hamilton also means that duties on individual drills shipments are
"We've landed everything in Hamilton and produced Canadian pricing on all of our products," he states.
According to Tobola, the support functions directed from the
Hamilton facility will provide sales assistance to the Canada-wide
network of Hougen product distributors.
Looking ahead, the Hougen of Canada operation could grow in the
future, says Tobola. "At present most of the work such as application
support is handled out of our office in Michigan. "However, that could
change in the future. It depends on how we grow and gain momentum in
the marketplace," he adds.
For further information contact Hougen of Canada at (800) 426-7818; Fax: (810) 635-8277.
(Above) Jim Kaiser, North American sales manager
and Mike Tobola, Canadian sales representative, both with Hougen
Manufacturing are shown here at the recent CMTS 2005 show.
December 6-8, 2005- FabForm 2005, NürnbergMesse, Nuremberg, Germany. For information contact Mack Brooks Exhibitions at +44 (0) 1707 278 200 or visit www.fabform.de
January 23-25, 2006- Manufacturing for Performance Conference and Exhibition 2006, Indiana Convention Centre, Indianapolis, IN. For information contact the Society of Manufacturing Engineers at (313) 271-1500.
February 7, 2006- ABCs of Aluminum Welding-Part 2, Royal Woodbine Golf Club,
Toronto, ON. For further information or tickets for the event, which is
sponsored by the Canadian Welding Association contact Victor Andrisani
with the Canadian Welding Bureau at (905) 8265133, Ext. 322 or visit www.cwa-acs.org/toronto
February 23-26, 2006- BI-MU MEDITERRANEA (Machine Tools, Robots, Automation Show), Fiera del Levante, Bari, Italy. For further information contact BI-MU MEDITERRANEA at telephone +39 0226 255 229/861 or visit www.bimu-mediterranea.it
March 21-23, 2006- METALFORM'06, Nashville Convention Center,
Nashville, TN. For information contact the Precision Metalforming
Association at (216) 901-8800 or visit www.metalforming.com
March 27-30, 2006- WESTEC 2006 Exposition and Conference, Los
Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA. For further information
contact the Society of Manufacturing Engineers at (313) 271-1500 or
May 15-17, 2006- Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show,
Place Bonaventure, Montreal, QC. For further information contact Denise
Hayward, show manager with Reed Expo at (416) 848-1683 or visit www.reedexpo.ca
May 23-25, 2006- EASTEC Exposition and Conference, Eastern States Exposition, W. Springfield, MA. For further information contact the Society of Manufacturing Engineers at (313) 271-1500 or visit www.sme.org
September 6-13, 2006- IMTS-International Manufacturing Technology Show,
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. For information contact AMT-The
Association for Manufacturing Technology at (703) 893-2900 or visit www.IMTSNET.org
Coming in the January issue of MP&P
- Welding Equipment and Supplies
Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association of Canada - This
site is an information resource for Canadian OEM producers of parts,
equipment, tools, supplies and services to the automotive industry. www.apma.ca
Canadian Machine Tool Distributors Association - A resource for Canadian machine tool distributors. www.cmtda.org
Canadian Welding Association - Information resource for the Canadian welding industry. www.cwa-acs.org
Miller Electric Manufacturing Company - The new web site offers information and resources on welding for end users and business owners. www.MillerWelds.com/Results
Wilson Tool International - New e-Business Center offers
online tool orders, quotes, invoices, special tool drawings, and
shipment tracking for fabricators. www.wilsontool.com
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