Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Governor Leading Trade Delegation to Canada, Seeking More Investment; Canadians Are Already Georgia's Top Customers; Perdue Hopes to Increase Ties

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Governor Leading Trade Delegation to Canada, Seeking More Investment; Canadians Are Already Georgia's Top Customers; Perdue Hopes to Increase Ties

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Byline: WALTER C. JONES

ATLANTA -- Georgia officials are spending this week trying to build on the strength of the state's top customer, Canada.

Gov. Sonny Perdue is leading a delegation of 50 state officials and corporate executives on a three-day trade mission to Toronto and Montreal. He'll say thanks to about 120 companies that already have a factory, warehouse or sales office in Georgia, and he'll deliver a sales pitch to others.

Thousands of Georgians work for Canadian-owned firms, including Douglas Brothers in Savannah, Medike LLC in Athens, Logistec in Brunswick and Augusta Newsprint. Others work to make goods exported to Canada.

Exports north from the Peach State have grown over the past three years, each time at a pace faster than total U.S. exports.

At the same time, Canada's economy has been the most successful in the Group of Eight countries over the past seven years. The country is strong in many of the same sectors as Georgia, such as wood and paper products, biotechnology and information technology. …

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