OCM Manufacturing Pays Employee’s Home Electricity Bill

Winner of OCM’s Commuter Challenge competition gets free year of electricity from renewable resources.

Clean Air Day – Ottawa, Ontario
Putting his money where his mouth is, OCM Manufacturing’s Michel Jullian will pay an employee’s home electricity bill for one year, the company announced today. OCM, an Ottawa-based contract electronics manufacturer with ongoing “green” initiatives, is holding the competition in conjunction with Canadian Environment Week. The competition encourages staff to walk, blade, bike, car pool or take public transit to work.

“I’m cycling 70 kms to and from work every day this week, and a number of our employees are also taking the challenge,” said Jullian. “I hope it will encourage all of us to leave the car keys at home more often, but I know that sometimes it takes special encouragement to change habits. So I came up with the competition to kick-start participation.”

In addition to Jullian, 13 participants are all commuting to work in “greener” ways this week, representing nearly 400 commuting kilometers each day. Some will walk to work, a number of employees have organized a car pool, and one ambitious participant will start biking the 120kms to and from work each day. The winner will be chosen by OCM employees on Friday June 9th, and will have his or her home electrical bill paid by OCM for one year, provided that the electricity is derived from renewable energy resources.

Jullian has also expressed plans to move the OCM Manufacturing facility on Thurston Drive to green sources of energy in 2006.

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About OCM Manufacturing
Since 1988, OCM Manufacturing has provided high quality contract electronics manufacturing and supply chain services tailored for small- to mid-size companies. OCM is located in Ottawa, Ontario, close to major centers such as Toronto, Montreal and the northeastern United States. OCM is ISO 9001:2000 registered.

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