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During plant visits over the summer, discussion with member contacts uncovered a common challenge that all member plants were facing. Despite the plant closures and downsizing in the region, there is an increasing challenge with finding employees with the right skills – either professional, skilled trades or general labour.


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Hawkesbury members met with Community Partners to search for opportunities – programs and funding – that would provide support for market research and help small and medium sized companies to access new markets – both Canadian and Global. Community Partners presentation represented National Research Council – IRAP, Community Futures Development Corporation and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.


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Laura Rourke, EMC’s Environmental and Health & Safety Specialist joined EMC members in the Kingston/Napanee region to discuss a topic that is showing up on our radar more and more these days – Sustainability and the role of manufacturers. A round table at the beginning of the event determined that many member companies are already being asked by customers to document their “Green Footprints” to assure that suppliers are meeting standards required to become the supplier of choice.


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Health, Safety & Environmental Leader Cheryl Melcher and her Recycling Program Committee (JHSC) at Trillium Health Care Products in Brockville, ON decided that they needed to do something about all of the garbage that they were paying a waste management company to regularly haul away to the dump. They figured that the only way they could reduce garbage and recycle efficiently at the plant level was to establish just what was in that garbage.


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At a recent SIG at American Standard, Cornwall, the United Counties (SDG), Cornwall and Hawkesbury Consortium members took the lead from the Brockville and Ottawa Valley Consortia in tackling a Best Practices format to share recent Lean/Culture Change and Continuous Improvement strategies with each other. Host American Standard led the discussion by outlining the history of their plant, their safety program, their communication tools, operations focus, challenges and lean philosophy.


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EMC members in the Ottawa valley gathered at KI Pembroke October 14, 2010 to share their past year’s experience with each other regarding Lean, Continuous Improvement and Engagement strategies used to identify opportunities for efficiencies, increased productivity and improvement to profit margins. This Consortium has made this "once a year review" a priority and it is amazing to see results of these efforts.


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Congratulations to the employees and management team of our Hawkesbury, Eastern Ontario EMC member plant, Tulmar Safety Systems for the recent announcement of their receipt of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit GOLD Workplace Award for 2010.



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