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Made In Canada collects the stories of Canada-based job shops and end product manufacturers that use cutting-edge production technologies and modern business practices to deliver cost-effective and quality parts on time to customers.

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Alan McGuigan, operations manager at Resistance Welding Products Ltd. in Blenheim, Ont., holds an aluminum arm for a robotic welder. Photo by James Gervais.

RWP’s Components Spark Production

March 2, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

RWP manufactures a diverse range of products, from small, intricate, threaded electrodes to large weld gun arms for some of the largest and most demanding customers in the automotive sector.

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Cladding reimagined at JEBCO

February 14, 2017 | By Rob Colman

JEBCO Industries is a Barrie, Ont.-based fabrication shop that serves the needs of the mining, oil and gas, petrochemical, and water treatment industries. Its work on process equipment encompasses design, fabrication, coatings and linings, installation, commissioning, and repair. The area where the...

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Lean Enterprise Manager Jim Tingley with Winnipeg Plant Manager Shane Zaeneli in front of an electric bus built by New Flyer. Photo by Shayla McFadyen, courtesy of New Flyer Industries.

Business Profile: New Flyer

May 1, 2016 | By Rob Colman

New Flyer Industries is the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty buses in the U.S. and Canada. The Winnipeg-based company has facilities in both Canada and the U.S. and recently purchased intercity coach specialist Motor Coach Industries (MCI). What has made the company’s growth and the recent MCI...

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Lonny Thiessen, president of Western Manufacturing in Hythe, Alta., stands among oil tanks waiting for shipment.

Business Profile: Western Manufacturing

April 1, 2016 | By Sue Roberts

Lonny Thiessen, the 29-year-old president of Western Manufacturing Ltd. in Hythe, Alta, has experienced the volatility of serving the oil and gas market, the pleasure and pain of a rapidly growing business, and the satisfaction of turning an idea into a unique product line. He grew up doing odd...

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Brett Kostka and David Alle of Calgary's Reggin Industries in the shop.

Small Custom Stainless Shop Lands Large Sculpture Project

February 10, 2016 | By Sue Roberts

The beauty and grace of a baleen whale were the inspiration of the “Sei” sculpture designed by Michael Yahgulanaas and fabricated by Reggin Industries, Calgary, Alberta, for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Mall at the Vancouver Airport. Fabricating the smooth, curved lines of the sculpture with a mirrored stainless steel exterior within a tight time frame required a disciplined, revised production flow and innovation.

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The distinctive, patented wheel design that helps the Argo “paddle” across rough terrain and water.

Argo factory floor adapts to new-model approach

January 20, 2016 | By Rob Colman

No business is truly recession-proof, but many are able to adapt in such a way that during hard times they find new markets in which to thrive. Argo has altered its marketing approach this past year to do so. At the same time, the company has also continued to alter and update its work flow and...

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Marv Fiebig, president of PTooling with the new DMG Mori Lasertec 65 3D.

Hybrid Additive/Subtractive Capabilities to Shift Production Focus

January 5, 2016 | By Sue Roberts

Small metalworking company, PTooling in Amherstburg, Ont., has big plans based on their purchase of an additive/subtractive combination machine. Owner Marv Fiebig said he is adopting the new technology so the company will survive, thrive, and have the opportunity to add other capabilities based on emerging metalworking technologies.

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Student in the CTMA program learn basic skills from Mike Oullette in the Valiant classroom

Teaching the Next Generation of Manufacturers

December 9, 2015 | By Sue Roberts

Valiant Training and Development Centre and the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association have found a formula that gets the next generation excited about manufacturing and trains them to be ready to contribute to productivity on a shop floor in a few short weeks. Students are vying for a place in the program, and area manufacturers anxiously wait to put the graduates to work.

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Brian Bendig and Mike McNaughton stand on a machine access platform

Life as a 21st Century Moldmaker

November 9, 2015 | By Joe Thompson

Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing, Windsor, Ont., reinvests as it reinvents itself.

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CMTS Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show

September 8, 2015

THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE | MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO The Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS) is Canada’s largest manufacturing event, presenting manufacturing equipment and technology to about 10,000 manufacturing professionals from across the country and around the world....

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Jim Glover (left), CEO, and Peter Adams, president, of Burloak Technologies

Adding Additive Manufacturing Adds Growth

September 3, 2015 | By Sue Roberts

Burloak Technologies is evolving from a contract supply chain management firm to a leader in additive manufacturing technology.

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Joe Hines and Tony Katryk, East Coast Metal Fabrication, Inc.

East Coast Metal Fabrication Builds Its Future

August 10, 2015 | By Sue Roberts

In three years, East Coast Metal Fabrication Inc. in Edwardsville, N.S., invested in additional property, equipment, employee education, and developed a unique apprenticeship program to supply the skilled labor it needed for its own custom structural fabricating shop.

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Manufacturing Protection

July 7, 2015 | By Joe Thompson

Metaline protects its clients with ballistic steel and custom vehicles.

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Strawmaster® management

Strength is Built In

June 4, 2015 | By Sue Roberts

The complexity of manufacturing processes at Degelman Industries Ltd., Regina, has kept up with the advancing complexities and evolving farm implement product lines.

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Paul Rak, president of VeriForm

Big—and Small—Parts Are Manufactured With a Little Carbon Footprint

May 5, 2015 | By Sue Roberts

Veriform's 26,000-sq.-ft. facility produces parts for the mining, forestry, machine building, nuclear, energy, sports equipment, and medical furnishing industries as well as capital projects.

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