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Dec 09, 2004


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FedNor Funds Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association


SUDBURY, Ontario, November 9, 2004 — The Honourable Diane Marleau, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, and Ray Bonin, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, today announced FedNor support to the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association (MineConnect) for development and expansion activities.

MineConnect is looking to increase its membership and expand its operations in order to help members maximize sales and opportunities at home and around the world. The organization currently has 45 private sector members along with affiliate members such as Cambrian College and the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology.

MineConnect’s main objective is to provide one-stop shopping for services and supplies to mining and industry-related clients through the development and distribution of a catalogue of members’ products and services, as well as a multilingual, interactive website. The association will offer members a variety of educational opportunities, and plans to attend at least two trade shows annually to promote its members.

“The Government of Canada recognizes that supporting this association will benefit the economy by enhancing a vital industry and helping small and medium-sized enterprises expand into global markets,” said Ms. Marleau.

“With this investment, FedNor will undoubtedly help foster new business and employment opportunities across the North and ensure the future prosperity of the area,” said Mr. Bonin.

FedNor is contributing $95 175 toward this initiative.

“Thanks to this investment, we can now play a more significant role in the regional mining sector by increasing our membership and helping our members compete in the global mining market with their innovative products and services,” said Richard DeStefano, Executive Director of MineConnect.
By supporting the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association through its programs and services, FedNor is opening doors and building futures for a prosperous Northern Ontario.

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the March 2004 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.
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For more information, please contact:

Scott Turbett Special Assistant Office of the Honourable Joe Comuzzi (613) 947-5850