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January 29, 2002
Mayor Mel Lastman tours Toronto manufacturing gem in north Toronto
  
Economic Development -- Mayor Mel Lastman and Councillor Mike Feldman, chair of
the City of Toronto's Economic Development and Parks Committee, toured Teknion
and the Global Group's $20-million, 100,000-square-foot brand new customer
learning facility in north Toronto today.

The new customer learning centre, located at 1350 Flint Rd. in the
Finch-Dufferin area, is designed by architects Moriyama and Teshima as an
"intelligent architectural" facility. The Global Group and Teknion are Canada's
premium office furniture manufacturer. The Global Group is the largest office
furniture manufacturer in Canada and the fifth largest in the world. In
addition to the new customer learning centre, the companies are also putting
the finishing touches to a new 55-acre, 1.1-million-square-foot manufacturing
facility in the Keele-Finch area.

"Talk about your Toronto success stories," Mayor Lastman said of the Global
Group and Teknion's stellar growth. "These two companies are ambassadors,
showcasing the strength of the City's diverse manufacturing sector to the
world."

Councillor Feldman congratulated Saul Feldberg, Chairman of the Global Group of
Companies, on his entrepreneurial spirit and dynamic style. "In an industry
that employs over 200,000 people in this City, Teknion and the Global Group
stand out as leaders in their field."

Established in 1966, based in Canada and headquartered in Toronto, the Global
Group generated more than $1 billion in sales revenues in 2001, with more than
6,000 employees working in 6 million square feet of manufacturing and
distribution space worldwide.

Teknion is an international designer, manufacturer and marketer of office
systems and related products. The corporation was established in 1981 and began
trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 1998. It employs 4,000 people
worldwide, the majority of whom are in Toronto at 16 manufacturing facilities.
The company revolutionized the office furniture industry in 1983 with its
introduction of the flexible and configurable T/O/S office system. In fiscal
2000, Teknion's sales were $917 million.

"The fact that the Global Group is expanding and formalizing its training,
development and customer service practices through the new customer and
learning facility highlights the value we put on our team, global partners and
future growth. We wanted the learning centre in Toronto where we started, where
home is," said Saul Feldberg, Chairman of the Global Group of Companies.

Teknion's and the Global Group's investment and expansion showcases Toronto
Economic Development Office's ongoing efforts to retain and grow existing
businesses in the City.


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