June 27, 2007

Ford and GM founders named to Canadian Manufacturing Hall of Fame

Windsor, Ontario – Gordon McGregor, the founder of Ford of Canada, and R. Samuel McLaughlin, founder of General Motors of Canada, have been named as 2007 inductees into the Canadian Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

Also named were Frank Hasenfratz, founder of Linamar Corporation; Peter Hedgewick, founder of International Tool Limited; Gene Kruger, President and CEO of Kruger Inc.; Ronald Southern, President and CEO of ATCO Limited; and Robert White, of the Canadian Labour Congress.

“As a country we are blessed with a depth of talented individuals who have worked to see their vision become a reality,” says Perrin Beatty, honourary chairman of the Hall of Fame. “It is important to profile and remember the people who have left a legacy of innovation, perseverance and commitment to excellence for all Canadians and a huge impression on the world. This year’s inductees reflect the depth and diversity of manufacturing that is at the very heart of the Canadian economy. I believe their induction will serve as a powerful reminder of just how proud we are of our Canadian manufacturing heritage.”

An induction ceremony will be held in October at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts in Windsor, Ontario.

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