The manufacturer of electronic whiteboards is set to close its Ottawa assembly plant, laying off close to 200 employees.

Calgary-based SMART technologies, which runs the plant on Palladium Drive, makes computerized office supplies.

Its main product, the whiteboard, is a key educational tool in today's classroom.

SMART's manager and founding CEO said the strong Canadian dollar is forcing the company to outsource work overseas.

The first phase of layoffs is planned for September.