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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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Harco Enterprises Limited

Harco Enterprises Ltd. is a family-owned and -operated manufacturer and distributor in Peterborough, Ontario. The firm focuses on two divisions: plastic injection molding and the wholesale distribution of sanitary process equipment such as, pumps, valves, heat exchangers, and mixing equipment.

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Based in Peterborough, Cabinetree designs and produces custom cabinetry for commercial and residential purposes. Offering an extensive selection of materials, styles, and accessories, Cabinetree has a reputation for high-quality customization.

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George Brown College Fashion Exchange

George Brown College (GBC) Fashion Exchange (FX) fosters collaboration between fashion educators, industry partners, community organizations, and fashion students from their location in Regent Park, Toronto, Ontario. Leveraging experience with applied research projects, FX is now expanding research capabilities to support local companies with technology adoption and sustainability related challenges.

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Koolway Sports

Koolway Sports designs and manufactures custom adaptive outerwear for individuals with disabilities. These high-quality garments are specially designed to be easily worn in conjunction with pieces of adaptive equipment, such as wheelchairs.

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LEONI Elocab Limited

Located in Kitchener, Ontario, LEONI Elocab Limited is undergoing its second major expansion in less than a decade. The firm is the only Canadian division of LEONI Group, a global provider of products, solutions, and services for both energy and data management in various industries.

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Prestige Glass International

Located in the small community of Elliot Lake, Ontario, Prestige Glass International (Prestige Glass) designs and manufactures glass awards of the highest quality, providing customers with the ability to present a deserving recipient with a unique and timeless gift of recognition. The company offers a large catalogue of stock items—including glass awards, art glass, wall plaques, aqua shaping, and desk accessories—that can be customized, as well as the option to design a completely unique award.

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