Five Georgia companies participated in a trade mission to Toronto last week seeking Canadian customers, distributors and partners.

“Toronto is a great market for companies new to exporting in which to get their feet wet,” Kevin Langston, the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism (GDITT)’s director of international trade, told GlobalFax in a telephone interview following his return to Atlanta.

Mr. Langston cited Toronto’s proximity, similar language and business practices, and the absence of duties on goods entering the market due to the Nafta provisions.  He said that the lower value of the Canadian dollar made Georgia products more expensive, but not prohibitively so.

The companies participating in the mission included American Metalcraft Inc., an Atlanta-based designer and fabricator of ornamental metalwork; Crider Inc., a Lincolnton-based producer of canned chicken products and Prime Power Inc., a Mableton-based manufacturer of low- and medium-voltage automatic standby electric equipment.

D. A. Technologies and PIE Medical Corp., both of Norcross, also participated. D.A. Technologies sells new and refurbished cable television line amplifiers and PIE Medical manufactures medical devices.

Jeffrey Johnson, GDITT’s representative in Canada, arranged appointments for the companies.

For more information, call Nancee Marquez at (404) 656-3571 or send a fax to (404) 651-6505.  Her E-mail address is