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CME president Jayson Myers attending high-level Detroit-Windsor bridge announcement

Published by Stephanie Brooks on June 15, 2012

President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Jayson Myers, is in Windsor today for the announcement of a second bridge between the important Ontario-Michigan trade route.

Myers was invited by Michigan’s Governor and the Prime Minister to represent Canada’s manufacturers and exporters, who rely heavily on the international crossing to transport products like automobile parts and food products.

The three join US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Canadian Transport Minister Denis Lebel, and both countries’ ambassadors in a discussion of the corridor’s details.

CME expects the announcement to confirm important construction information including location, projected construction start date, and funding details. As part of the funding arrangements, there will be confirmation of an agreement regarding the use of Buy America provisions, and as advocated for by CME and others, the arrangement will include the use of only Canadian or American steel and iron in the bridge’s construction.

The current Ambassador Bridge linking the two cities was built in 1929, and the old infrastructure cannot support the new age of highly integrated, competitive, and fast-paced manufacturing.

Today’s announcement represents a critical step in the modernization of the most important trade route between the world’s most integrated economies, improving efficiency and enhancing productivity. 


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