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Marine terminal spending helps support local businesses, communities

May 22, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2014

MARINE TERMINAL SPENDING HELPS
SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES, COMMUNITIES

Vancouver, British Columbia – From Nelson to Nanaimo, Prince George to Penticton, Vernon to Vancouver, Coal Alliance terminals are spending tens of millions of dollars every year on goods and services right across British Columbia, creating jobs and supporting local small and medium sized businesses.

Between them, the Coal Alliance terminals have spent $584.4 million on various products and services across the province since 2009 including $115 million in the City of Vancouver alone.

“Quite apart from the $3.2 billion the industry as a whole adds to the B.C. economy every year, I think many municipalities might be surprised by all the spin-off spending that goes on in their own back yards,” said Alan Fryer, spokesperson for the Coal Alliance.

“And the main beneficiary of all this spending has been Vancouver itself, which has unfortunately opposed future growth in our industry.”

Much of the spending that’s done is with small and medium-sized businesses on various equipment, materials and services for daily operations – everything from environmental consultants to catering from the local coffee shop or pizza parlour.

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About the Coal Alliance – www.CoalAlliance.ca
The Coal Alliance brings together representatives from the coal industry, including mines, marine terminals, railways, industry associations, organized labour and others who support the mining and shipping of coal in British Columbia. Our objective is to ensure British Columbians have the facts about the coal industry – how coal is safely moved and the benefits coal provides to the world around us. We believe BC’s coal industry is an important part of our province and something all British Columbians should be proud of.

Contact:
Alan Fryer
Tel: 778-987-5523
Email: alan@coalalliance.ca
www.CoalAlliance.ca 

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