Location: Grimsby, Ont.
Year Established: 1961
Company Description: Handling Specialty Manufacturing Ltd. custom engineers, manufactures, installs and services large-scale material handling and lift systems for the aerospace and defence, automotive, entertainment, energy, rail, advanced manufacturing and steel processing industries.
The ISO 9000:2008 certified company sells equipment to clients in every continent excluding Antarctica.
Top Export Markets: the United States, Poland, Brazil, Liberia
Finalist Bona Fides: Handling Specialty manufactured assembly line lift systems for the automotive industry in the early 1980s (1,200 towline carts from Handling Specialty have been installed in automotive assembly plants around the world), but its latest claim to international fame is the underwater stage lift system for Cirque du Soleil’s show at the Bellagio resort and casino in Las Vegas.