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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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AVG Automotive Group

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, AVG Automotive Group (AVG) designs, engineers, develops, and delivers automotive accessories as a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company focuses on creating accessory solutions that enhance the car customer’s experience along three avenues: audio optimization, cosmetic enhancement, and functionality improvement. AVG’s dedication to customer support and expertise in supply chain management has convinced many automotive OEMs to place their trust in the company’s ability to supply its accessories in a timely fashion. As a result, AVG has successfully developed a worldwide reputation as a manufacturer of high-quality and innovative automotive accessories.

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Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Dura-Line established a Canadian manufacturing facility in Bracebridge, Ontario, through its acquisition of Gravenhurst Plastics Limited in 2016. Dura-Line has established an international reputation as a manufacturer and distributor of communication and energy infrastructure products and systems. The company’s products are designed to enable fast and safe installation of communication networks, power cables, and pressure pipes for a wide range of industries.

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OZ Optics Ltd.

OZ Optics Ltd. (OZ) designs and manufactures advanced fiber optic components and testing equipment. Over the past 33 years, OZ has grown to become a leading worldwide supplier of fiber optic products by implementing rigorous quality standards to provide all of its customers with a competitive advantage.

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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 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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