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There is lots of gloom and doom in the news around manufacturing these days. It seems that hardly a day goes by without a story about a plant closure. Yet, the reality on the ground is very different. It turns out there are lots of innovative Ontario manufacturers that are operating successfully below the radar. A team of student researchers visited a number of Ontario manufacturing ‘success’ stories. Here are the students’ profiles of the firms they visited and the people they met.

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CHAR Technologies Limited

CHAR Technologies Limited is an innovative cleantech company that develops breakthrough, environmentally-friendly technologies, manufactures industry-leading products, and offers expert consulting services. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, the firm has quickly become a leader in Canadian green innovation through its use of Canadian technology to create environmentally sustainable solutions.

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Cowbell Brewing

Cowbell is a destination craft brewery, which features a full restaurant, several event spaces, and the Cowbell General Store. It is the first carbon-neutral brewery in North America and the first closed-loop brewery in the world.

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Tri Hawk Inc.

Located in Morrisburg, Ontario, Xenopus Inc. is the manufacturing arm of Tri Hawk Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of high-quality dental burs (the drill bits used in dental procedures). Founded in 1969 by its current chief executive officer, Gustel Fischer, Tri Hawk has experienced strong domestic and international growth over the past 50 years.

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Pan-Oston Limited

Pan-Oston Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of metal retail fixtures, the most prominent of which are checkout lanes. The firm is is focused on adapting to the latest changes in the retail environment, which include alternative payment systems, digital technology, and the rise of e-commerce.

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Ross Video Limited

Ross Video Limited is an Emmy-winning designer and manufacturer of live video broadcast equipment. Founded in 1974 by its namesake, John Ross, the firm has experienced dramatic growth in the past several decades and now boasts a workforce of almost 1,000 employees across 13 global offices.

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Lucky Strike Bait Works Limited

Lucky Strike Bait Works Limited is a leading manufacturer of fishing lures and landing nets. With more than 100 years of experience, the firm has grown into an established business that supplies over 2,000 different products to retailers located all across Canada. Today, Lucky Strike is well-known in the Canadian recreational fishing market for its high-quality products.

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