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MEMAC to become a council of CME; office to close at end of month

Mississauga, ON -- April 11, 2001 -- MEMAC, the Machinery & Equipment Manufacturers Association of Canada, voted to...


Mississauga, ON — April 11, 2001 — MEMAC, the Machinery & Equipment Manufacturers Association of Canada, voted today to merge with CME, the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters association.

The decision was made at special meeting of members at the International Plaza Hotel in Mississauga. The association’s 60 regular members and seven associate members will now receive dues statements from the CME, with their new memberships to start May 1, 2001.

“There is no hope the association will be resurrected as an independent organization in the future,” MEMAC chairman Larry Barrett said in response to a question from another member. The association’s reserve funds will be transferred to CME for use by the new MEMAC Council.

There was little discussion at the special meeting over the demise of MEMAC, which was founded in 1955. Representatives of CME were present to answer questions and hand out information kits.

Lloyd Beverly, MEMAC’s staff president for the past five years, has resigned. The association’s Ottawa office is to be closed at the beginning of May, 2001. As well, its annual general meeting, scheduled for June at Chateau Montebello in Quebec, has been cancelled.

The executive board and members present at the special meeting felt that a merger with CME offered the best benefit for the members of MEMAC. The group will retain its identity as a separate council of the CME, said Barrett. Currently, 19 MEMAC members are already members of CME (they will pay no additional dues for membership in the MEMAC Council).

Until the fall of 2000, CME was known as the Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada. That organization had been created in 1996 from the merger of the Canadian Manufacturers Association and Canadian Exporters Association.

“We are Canadian manufacturers and exporters,” says Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of CME. Regarding the new name, he says it is a “clearer reflection of who we are and more importantly who we represent. Our members represent 75 per cent of this country’s manufacturing output and 90 per cent of merchandise exports.

“We provide value through advocating on their behalf to all levels of government and by providing information and networking sessions designed to enhance the competitiveness of Canadian industry and expand export opportunities.”

CME has a national office in Ottawa, a corporate office in Mississauga, Ont., and divisional offices in all 10 provinces.

MEMAC members who wish to have more information or details of the April 11 special meeting can send an e-mail message to memac@istar.ca, or a fax to 613-232-7381, until the end of April 2001.

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