Canadian Manufacturing

Manufacturing Growth & Innovation Centre

Delivering the latest strategies and news for small and mid-sized industrial companies on the move

October 7, 2013  Canadian Manufacturing

Welcome to the Manufacturing Growth & Innovation Centre, where small industrial companies on the move tap into top strategies to expand, diversify and manage their changing businesses.

The centre is supported by Alps Welding Ltd., a Woodbridge, Ont.-based metal fabrication company and Canadian success story.



Ontario fabricator thrives with flexible manufacturing

Alps Welding shows how a diversifed customer base and responsive shop floor can not only help small companies survive economic downturns, but can take the business to new levels of growth. From oil and gas to industrial processing plants, this Ontario fabricator has configured its plant to handle it all.

Tapping into oil sands contracts

Distance to market is definitely not an obstacle to winning oil sands business, at least for this Ontario-based family-owned fabricator. In fact, Alberta subcontract deals are a big reason the company has doubled in size over the past 10 years.

Protecting your intellectual property

Most organizations protect their physical assets with locks, guards, and security cameras. Why not the intangibles, of which the most important is likely to be intellectual property (IP)?


Canada Jobs Grant doomed unless Ottawa makes changes: premiers

Ottawa has to be open to changing the program because a “one-size-fits-all” approach to helping more people find jobs isn’t going to work, said BC Premier Christy Clark and New Brunswick Premier David Alward.

Manufacturing is the Wayne Gretzky of the economy: Pupatello at CMTS

Sandra Pupatello, director of business development and global markets for PwC, decreed the time has come for Ontario’s manufacturers to finally get the respect they deserve in public policy.

Canadian NGO receives 344 entries for $35M carbon use challenge

As many as 20 proponents will be selected to receive grants of up to $500,000 to support the development of clean technologies to mitigate and use carbon emissions.

US manufacturing grows at fastest pace since 2011

American factory activity expanded last month at the fastest pace in more than two years, an encouraging sign that manufacturing could lift economic growth and hiring in the coming months.

Manning Innovation Awards celebrate entrepreneurs of all ages

Winning innovations mark breakthroughs for Canada’s technology, research and manufacturing sectors. Check out the leading ideas and applications.


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Canadian Federation of Independent Business

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PLANT Outlook 2013

Statistics Canada manufacturing review

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KPMG Manufacturing Outlook

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