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.

 

Sciencetech Inc.

Operating out of its relatively unassuming London, Ontario facility, Sciencetech Inc. is one of the world’s leading suppliers of spectroscopy instruments. The firm has supplied spectroscopy equipment to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency, and a multitude of other cutting-edge research institutes. Sciencetech was established in 1985 by former employees of ...

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Arctic Snowplows

Canada is known around the world for its famously snowy winters, so it seems appropriate that a Canadian company has stepped up to meet the country’s unique challenges, labelling its products as “tougher than a Canadian winter.” Arctic Snowplows (Arctic) was founded in 1969 in London, Ontario as a division of London Machinery.  Arctic began ...

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Cardinal Fine Cabinetry/McKaskell-Haindl Design Build Inc.

When touring the factory floor of Cardinal Fine Cabinetry (Cardinal), one can clearly observe a production process that is finely tuned for maximum efficiency while also retaining the craft and artisanship of traditional cabinet making. Skilled staff members apply deep concentration at every stage of the production process, whether operating computer numerical control (CNC) machines, ...

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Heritage Coffee Co.

“There aren’t many companies of our size in the coffee business,” says chief operating officer of Heritage Coffee Co. Ltd. Brian Martell. The coffee roasting industry has long been dominated by large multinational suppliers (such as Nestle and Folgers), with minute niche roasteries serving a small population of discerning customers. However, due to its strong ...

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Club Coffee

Today, what is best for the environment is also often very good for business. This has certainly proven true for Club Coffee and its innovative single-use PῧrPod100™ coffee pod. Located in Toronto, Club Coffee has been manufacturing high-quality ground and roasted coffee since 1906. It is now particularly focused on its role as a major ...

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Etratech Inc.

Etratech Inc. (Etratech), a Burlington-based manufacturer, specializes in designing, developing, and manufacturing advanced electronic controls for original equipment manufacturers. Guided by its mission of continuous innovation and building “better client relationships by design,” Etratech was able to develop the industry’s first proprietary air-balancing technology for heat recovery ventilation, and create the first wireless freight elevator ...

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