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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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Autotube Limited

Incorporating traditional practices and family-run business values into modern markets and technological advancements is no longer like mixing oil with water. As a Canadian manufacturing company that balances family practice and tradition with state-of-the-art technology to create a successful and thriving business, Autotube exemplifies this combination. Autotube is a tier-one Canadian manufacturer of automotive supplies.

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Trojan Technologies

A glistening stream of water discharges continually into the Thames River from a London pollution control plant that sits on a bank of the river. The water has passed through many stages of the waste water treatment plant, becoming cleaner with each step, until it finally reaches the ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system built by Trojan

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Abuma Manufacturing Limited

Like many other sectors, manufacturing can involve many challenges and struggles. Kevin Schildroth is a passionate and driven business leader who was not afraid of these challenges when he accepted the general manager position at Abuma Manufacturing Limited (Abuma) in 2011. Just prior to Schildroth’s involvement in Abuma, custom manufacturers were facing challenging times. Many

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Splash, splish, splash, splish . . . the sound of the oars slicing the water will be crystal clear, even if you are watching the 2016 Summer Olympics from the comfort of your couch instead of in sunny Rio de Janeiro—all thanks to Quantum5X Systems Inc. (Q5X). Q5X manufactures wireless microphone transmitters from its facility

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DAVWIRE: Defense & Aviation Wiring Inc.

All entrepreneurs have that moment—a point where they are inspired to take a risk and start their own company. For Mark MacKenzie, founder and chief executive officer of Defense & Aviation Wiring Inc. (DAVWIRE), that moment arrived in June 2003. Since then, he has never looked back. As a young, enthusiastic graduate of Canadore College,

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Molok North America Ltd

From cities and national parks to restaurants and university campuses, Molok North America Ltd. (Molok NA) keeps them all pristine with its array of waste storage systems. Molok NA’s facilities are located in Mount Forest Ontario, and its achievements include being included in Canada’s “Profit 500” list. However, for the company’s chief executive officer, Marja

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