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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.
Watching what humans cannot see, soaring where humans cannot walk, capturing the images humans cannot take… the Aeryon SkyRanger drone is capable of truly astonishing things, as is its creator, Waterloo-based small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) manufacturer Aeryon Labs, Inc. (Aeryon). Aeryon dedicates itself to two main products: the Scout, and the newer, more advancedRead More
Like many immigrants before him, Ali Kizilbash left everything behind when he immigrated to Canada. Unlike most others, what Kizilbash left behind in Pakistan was a huge chemical distribution company he had founded and grown as its president. Upon arrival in Canada, he chose to found TWI Foods Inc. (TWI), his current specialty foods manufacturingRead More
In the 1940s, in a tiny garage in Ridgetown, Ontario, an auto parts maker was born. Today, this manufacturer has become a leading tier one supplier and global exporter of sophisticated auto parts, with sales exceeding $300 million. The firm is KSR International (KSR). KSR traces its roots to a small manufacturer of tractor hitchesRead More
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. furnaceRead More
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 14Read More
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; thisRead More