For Debert-based Peter Kohler Windows and Entrance Systems, expanding means more than adding new jobs, it means adding to the ways the company invests in its people and its future. “Our success is based on our people, giving them access to further training and education to help them be the best at what they do,” said Kevin Pelley, president of Peter Kohler Windows. “This fosters a committed workforce where people are engaged and take more pride in their work. “We look forward to increasing our loyal and capable workforce as we continue to meet the growing demands of our customers in Atlantic Canada and around the world.” The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., is supporting the company’s growth plans with a five-year payroll rebate, to a maximum of $930,000. The investment will give the company flexibility to create up to 150 new jobs over the term of the agreement, adding positions as necessary. The rebate is paid annually, based on the number of positions created by the company. Peter Kohler Windows will use the payroll rebate to develop better programs for staff, help integrate new workers, and focus on the ongoing success of all its employees. “It is vital that we continue to make smart investments in strong companies — especially during these economic times,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Murray Scott. “Peter Kohler Windows’ expansion in Debert is proof that companies are growing right here in Nova Scotia.” Together, management and staff have made Peter Kohler Windows a Canadian leader in energy-efficient design and manufacturing. The company’s product line is also expanding, including development of new commercial windows. The company also has plans to move into new Canadian export markets in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. “Through a commitment to quality and innovation, Peter Kohler Windows has built one of Nova Scotia’s most recognized brands,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “Now more than ever, we need to partner with companies like Kohler with a clear focus on future opportunities.” Peter Kohler Windows and Entrance Systems is Atlantic Canada’s largest window and door manufacturer, located in Debert, Colchester, Co., with a sister manufacturing facility in Edmonton. The company manufactures and distributes custom-made high-quality vinyl and wood-vinyl windows, as well as steel and fiberglass doors throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment-attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.
“It is a pipe dream,” he said and added that those who make such announcements do so with the intention of creating fear among the bureaucrats and law enforcement officials who are investigating into bribery, corruption and other misdeeds.The President said while it is necessary to punish the corrupt, what is more important is to create conducive socio-political conditions as well as legal and constitutional provisions to ensure that such corruption and malpractices would not take place in the future. When a media correspondent asked about the resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council calling for a federal solution, the President said anybody could pass any resolution, but the Government will never allow Sri Lanka to be divided or bifurcated or allow any harm to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation. (Colombo Gazette) The President said that he had asked British Prime Minister David Cameron when he met him at the CHOGM in Malta to help us to get the fish import ban lifted and restore GSP Plus concession. “I am glad that we managed to get the ban on fish exports to EU lifted and I have received some positive indications that the call for GSP Plus also be considered favourably”. The President said that the Government enacted the 19th Amendment to the Constitution exactly a year ago on April 27, 2015 to establish the Constitutional Council and eight other independent councils to strengthen democratic practices in the country. He said he was determined to continue these steps to ensure a healthy political culture in Sri Lanka. Addressing the heads of media institutions at the President’s House in Colombo today, President Sirisena said that although some people with vested interests were talking about forming a new Government soon, there is not even a semblance of a chance for a Government change as none of the parties represented in the Parliament could get the majority support. President Maithripala Sirisena said the top most priority of the Government is to create legal, constitutional and political conditions in Sri Lanka to ensure that corrupt, rotten, autocratic regimes will not come to power in the future.He said that such undemocratic regimes of family nepotism was a curse on the nation and the way the state resources and finances were swindled is unthinkable. Recalling the reasons for leaving the Government in November 2014 to be the common candidate at the Presidential Election, he said that the way corruption, family rule, misdeeds and abuse of public property had spread, he thought that he would be committing a major sin against the nation and the people if he had remained a partner in that government.“Although I had only 40 days to campaign, over 6.2 million people voted for me because they looked upon us to form an exemplary democratic, righteous government. Because the people held very high hopes of an exemplary government, they expected quick results. But we have inherited a very rough, broken, dilapidated pathway and, our progress became slow. However, we are courageously forging ahead and our determination to fulfill the promises given to the people remain unchanged,” he said.Answering questions, the President said that the Government is fully committed to media freedom. He urged the media to act freely and impartially and stand on issues in the interest of the nation. He said that there were complaints by two electronic media institutions that another media outlet has abused the guidelines and regulations listed in the licenses issued by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and it was necessary to bring these concerns to the notice of the errant party. The TRC will have to ensure that the guidelines and regulations are adhered to, he said.