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Global Sticks Inc. Officially Opens Local State-Of-The-Art Facility


May 20, 2011 – Global Sticks Inc., a worldwide manufacturer of novelty wooden sticks, today announced the official grand opening of their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario, in Oliver Paipoonge.

The company worked in partnership with the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) to find a new home for their operations after discovering the abundant supply of white birch in Northwestern Ontario.

“After years of hard work and planning, we are so happy to be opening our Oliver Paipoonge facility,” said Reggie Nukovic, President of Global Sticks Inc.

Additionally, Stormax International Inc., an investor in Global Sticks, will also be starting operations in the facility. The company is a manufacturer of machinery that specializes in the production, packing and stacking of freshly made ice cream sticks. Stormax currently employs 10 people and is projected to create up to 15 jobs in the future. In total, 145 potential jobs could be created by these two companies.

“We wanted to be close to a novelty wooden stick manufacturer because it will help in terms of innovation and making continuous improvements,” said Hans-Erik Aamand, Vice President of Stormax.

“It's a mutually beneficial relationship, and we are so thankful for all of the support we have received.”

The Global Sticks Inc. factory will produce up to six billion food-grade wood sticks each year from northern white birch, a species that is underutilized by the forestry industry. The decision to relocate to North America came as a result of the recognition that manufacturing wooden sticks in China was going to become a much more difficult and expensive process given increasing fuel costs.
 
“This grand opening marks another positive step forward for the new Thunder Bay economy. The establishment of Global Sticks Inc. paves the way for opportunities for other value-added forestry related companies to locate in our area,” said Steve Demmings, CEO of CEDC.

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Contact:  Steve Demmings, CEO – CEDC, 807-625-3960 or sdemmings@thunderbay.ca