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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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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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Bluewater Technology Access Centre

Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC) is located at Lambton College, within the Sarnia-Lambton region where core business sectors include: refining, chemical and petrochemical, bio-industrial, agriculture and renewable energy.

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Sprague Foods

For nearly a century, the Sprague family has been defined by its passion for food. This passion continues to manifest itself through Sprague Foods Ltd., a medium-sized Canadian cannery in Belleville, Ontario. Sprague Foods produces high-quality canned and jarred food products for a select group of private label customers, as well as under its own Sprague brand.

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AVG Automotive Group

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, AVG Automotive Group (AVG) designs, engineers, develops, and delivers automotive accessories as a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company focuses on creating accessory solutions that enhance the car customer’s experience along three avenues: audio optimization, cosmetic enhancement, and functionality improvement. AVG’s dedication to customer support and expertise in supply chain management has convinced many automotive OEMs to place their trust in the company’s ability to supply its accessories in a timely fashion. As a result, AVG has successfully developed a worldwide reputation as a manufacturer of high-quality and innovative automotive accessories.

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Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Dura-Line established a Canadian manufacturing facility in Bracebridge, Ontario, through its acquisition of Gravenhurst Plastics Limited in 2016. Dura-Line has established an international reputation as a manufacturer and distributor of communication and energy infrastructure products and systems. The company’s products are designed to enable fast and safe installation of communication networks, power cables, and pressure pipes for a wide range of industries.

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OZ Optics Ltd.

OZ Optics Ltd. (OZ) designs and manufactures advanced fiber optic components and testing equipment. Over the past 33 years, OZ has grown to become a leading worldwide supplier of fiber optic products by implementing rigorous quality standards to provide all of its customers with a competitive advantage.

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