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.