HARRISBURG, PA. - Pennsylvania has started a computer database to help manufacturing companies in the state find business opportunities with Canadian firms. The state's initiative, called Match Pennsylvania, has 41 plastics firms among the 600 Pennsylvanian companies in the database.
About 300 Canadian com-panies are registered in the database, estimated Lynn Lawson, spokeswoman for the state's Department of Commerce, based in Harrisburg.
Match Pennsylvania is designed to assist Pennsylvania's small companies market themselves internationally. Canada was chosen because it accounts for about $3 billion, or 32 percent, of Pennsylvania's annual imports and exports.
State officials may expand the database next year to include Latin America if the program with Canada is successful.
Pennsylvanian and Canadian companies can register in the database free of charge through the Governor's Response Team in the Commerce Department.