State of Ohio

March 22, 2005 15:28 ET

Taft Closes First Day of Toronto Trip Selling Ohio Tourism

Travel reception showcases more than a dozen Ohio travel destinations Attention: Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 22, 2005) - EDITOR'S NOTE: Picture to accompany this release is available on the CP Picture Service from The Canadian Press.

Ohio Governor Bob Taft was in Toronto today, meeting with Canadian businesses with an Ohio presence, and hosting a travel reception that showcased more than a dozen Ohio travel destinations. Taft's trip, which extends through Wednesday, is designed to strengthen Ohio ties with Canada, particularly in the areas of foreign direct investment and tourism.

"Ohio has a long and proud relationship with our neighbors to the north," said Taft. "Ohio remains a prime destination both for Canadian companies looking to locate in the U.S. and Canadian citizens looking for the perfect vacation getaway."

Throughout the day, Taft met with companies doing business in Ohio, thanking them for their investment in Ohio and encouraging them to consider Ohio for any potential future expansion projects.

Taft met with officials from Polyair Inter Pack, Inc., who, through the company's subsidiary, Cantar/Polyair Corporation located in Youngstown, Ohio, manufactures swimming pool safety covers, packaging foam and other products. They employ 180 individuals in this location. He also met with representatives of Patheon, Inc. In December 2002, Patheon established a strategic platform in the United States with the acquisition of Aventis Pharmaceuticals' drug development and manufacturing facility in Reading. Patheon employs more than 500 people at the facility and continues to expand its business, capabilities and highly skilled scientific workforce.

The day ended with Taft hosting a "Discover Ohio Travel Reception" that featured 13 organizations representing Ohio travel destinations. The reception, planned by the Ohio Department of Development's Division of Travel and Tourism, gave more than 35 members of the Canadian travel press and tourism industry the opportunity to see the variety of cultural and recreational tourism options available in Ohio.

"In Ohio, we're pleased to welcome 445,000 Canadians who travel to our state each year," said Taft. "From the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, to the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio offers visitors a wide variety of educational, leisure and recreational activities."

Canada is Ohio's largest export market and Ohio typically maintains a trade surplus with that nation. In 2004, $15.5 billion of Ohio's $31.2 billion in exports were destined for Canada, while Ohio imported $13.9 billion in goods from its neighbor. Canada is Ohio's third largest source of foreign direct investment with 120 Canadian establishments. Those establishments employ more than 11,400 Ohioans. Business relations with Canada are promoted through the Ohio Department of Development's International Trade Office in Toronto.
/For further information: Bill Teets, Ohio Department of Development at 614-466-2382 or Mark Rickel, Governor's Office at 614-644-0957 or Shelley Jourard, Patheon Inc. at 905-812-6614/ IN: FINANCE, HEALTH, TRADE, TRAVEL

Contact Information

  • Mark Rickel, Office of the Governor
    Primary Phone: 614-644-0957