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. In a joint project for the Lawrence Centre and the Trillium Network, a team of student researchers visited a number of Ontario manufacturing ‘success’ stories this summer. Here are the students’ profiles of the firms they visited and the people they met.

 

Samco Machinery

Companies that value their employees and their ideas often go far; this is certainly true of Scarborough-based Samco Machinery (Samco). Samco was founded in 1972 by Joe Repovs in a 200-square-feet facility in the Greater Toronto Area. After a number of moves, the company settled in its current Scarborough location: a massive manufacturing facility that ...

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National Research Council

Defined as the manipulation of the physical world to achieve human goals, technological innovation has been a key driver of the Canadian economy since the country’s inception. From the technologies that Indigenous peoples used to adapt to harsh environmental conditions to Canadarm2, the robotic arm used on the International Space Station, Canada has a long history of technological development and innovation…

stevensE3

Located in London Ontario, stevensE3 celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2017, offering a perfect example of how a small family business can become a globally recognized brand. Established by H.A. “Archie” Stevens in 1927 as Stevens Signs, the company first operated out of a garage on Princess Avenue, London. After great success in the London ...

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Solar Ship

Imagine being completely cut off from the modern world: no paved roads, no supermarkets, no phone service, and no Internet. These challenging circumstances represent everyday life for many communities living in Northern Canada. The lack of paved roads to this part of the country means that getting supplies to those who live and work in ...

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All or Nothing Brewhouse

Eric and Jeff Dornan—brothers and co-owners of All or Nothing Brewhouse, Trafalgar Ales, Meads & Distillery, and Black Creek Historic Brewery—are hoping to revolutionize the craft beer and spirits industry in Ontario. By overcoming challenge after challenge, the brothers have taken their business from its beginnings as an underdog in the industry to a well-established ...

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