MANUFACTURING PROFILES

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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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Parmerit Inc. | Wolfe Heavy Equipment

When selecting a product or service, manufacturing customers look for companies that can deliver high quality and expertise. Parmerit Inc. (Parmerit) and Wolfe Heavy Equipment (Wolfe), two manufacturing companies located in Strathroy, Ontario, are companies that clearly understand the needs of their customers. Not only do they offer technical expertise, they also have an ability to manage projects and products tailored to their customers’ specific needs.

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Niagara Energy Products

Located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Niagara Energy Products (NEP) proudly serves the nuclear market in North America and overseas. Utilizing its facilities and equipment, NEP specializes in the custom design, manufacturing, and precision assembly of heavy components, making it a one-stop shop for customers with demanding design and fabricating requirements.

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Shimco

“Shimco is committed to innovative product developments that will benefit customers in the aerospace industry, as well as those in the defence, space, and industrial markets” says president, chief executive officer, and owner of Shimco, Peter Voss. This commitment has resulted in a tradition of innovation, precision, and execution, enabling Shimco to establish itself as the only company of its kind in Canada and one of only a very few aerospace shim manufacturers in the world.

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Laval International

Located in Windsor, Ontario, Laval International (Laval) manufactures production-ready moulds and composite parts for a wide range of industries. In addition to manufacturing, Laval offers engineering and prototyping services to customers seeking turnkey solutions. To capitalize on recent manufacturing trends and remains at the forefront of the industry, Laval engages in multiple research and development (R&D) projects annually. Laval’s international presence can be attributed to its commitment to providing customers with the most technologically advanced and effective products.

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Alpine Graphic Productions Ltd.

Achieving success in Ontario’s manufacturing industry requires not only quality products and efficient manufacturing processes, but exceptional project management as well. Alpine Graphic Productions Ltd. (Alpine) is a perfect example of a company that clearly understands these requirements. As a leader in the custom signage and graphics industry, Alpine takes pride in maintaining its reputation for competitive prices, superior product performance, and on-time delivery.

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e.Hofmann Plastics Inc.

Innovation and automation. Paul Kalia, chief executive officer at e.Hofmann Plastics Inc. (Hofmann Plastics), notes that these two ideals are the keys to running any successful manufacturing business, and the aims that drive his company’s strategy. The company is in what Kalia refers to as the “rigid packaging business”. It manufactures plastic buckets for industrial markets (such as the orange buckets seen at Home Depot) and plastic packaging for the food and beverage industry. However, Kalia does not see Hofmann Plastics as a plastics company; instead, he views it as a technology company that is constantly innovating and looking for new ways to solve problems.

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