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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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Can-Eng Furnaces

Can-Eng Furnaces International Ltd. (Can-Eng) custom engineers heat-treating equipment in a busy manufacturing facility located several blocks from the famous Niagara Falls. Established in 1964, Can-Eng has grown to become a leading designer and manufacturer of thermal processing equipment for ferrous and non-ferrous metals. In 1964, Can-Eng started with an order from a U.S. furnace

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Armo Tool

Located in a one-story brown building on Longwoods Road, just southwest of London, Ontario, is Armo-Tool Ltd., a Canadian precision tooling manufacturer. Soft-spoken yet charismatic, Armo-Tool’s president, Ben Whitney, has the advantage of being one of the select “shop floor-to-office” executives of the next generation: he has worked in the shop since he was 14

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Angstrom Engineering

Angstrom Engineering Inc. (Angstrom), based in Kitchener, Ontario, is a leading manufacturer of thin-film vacuum deposition equipment and vacuum chambers. The company specializes in designing, manufacturing, selling, and servicing machines that deposit thin films, growing layers of materials on a substrate with thicknesses that can range from less than one nanometre to several microns; this

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