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NWT Diamond Centre celebrates grand opening in Yellowknife

YELLOWKNIFE (May 22, 2014) – The grand opening of the NWT Diamond Centre takes place today in Yellowknife, the Diamond Capital of North America™. The Centre, owned and operated by Crossworks Manufacturing Ltd., is an added draw for tourists interested in seeing the journey diamonds make from mine to market. Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment David Ramsay was in attendance for the opening.

“The opening of this centre marks a new and exciting chapter in our diamond story,” said Minister Ramsay. “On behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories, I would like to congratulate Crossworks Manufacturing Ltd. on the superb job they’ve done in developing their Diamond Centre. This is an important step forward for our diamond economy.”

“Our polishing facility has been in operation since 2008, and I am thrilled to enhance our presence in Yellowknife with the opening of the NWT Diamond Centre. It is my hope it informs people of all the work that goes into bringing these rare, rough diamonds from the mine to their beautiful final state,” said Uri Ariel, President, Crossworks Manufacturing Ltd.

The NWT Diamond Centre, located in Yellowknife’s downtown core on 5109 49th Street, includes a small theatre room and several exhibits. Visitors to the centre also have the opportunity to purchase locally mined diamonds.

The new centre is an opportunity to raise awareness of the NWT’s socially and environmentally responsible mining practices and world class diamonds produced in the territory.

The Crossworks Manufacturing Ltd. plant has been in operation in Yellowknife since 2008. Crossworks is regarded as one of the pre-eminent manufacturers of branded Canadian diamonds and is currently the largest manufacturer of branded Canadian diamonds in the world.

For more information:

Alayna Ward
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 920-8696



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