Success Stories for Advanced Manufacturing
Listen to the comments from companies engaged in a diverse range of manufacturing activities in Whitby. Select the PDF or video to learn what companies have to say about their Community of Choice...for Business.
David Domanski, Business Unit Manager, Metals, North America, Metallurgy Products
"We're on the Highway 401 corridor and we have access to the Eastern Seaports of Montreal and New York. Lester B. Pearson Airport is right here for shipping air freight. And any U.S border crossing is a half-day's drive away. It's seamless."
ABB in Whitby specializes in the research, development and manufacture of electromagnetic stirrers used in the steel-making process. They are one of only four companies in the world with this expertise.
Alan Lamb, Works Manager
"Manufacturing in the area has grown and produced positive results for us. We now have the option to draw upon a network of partners, whether it's engineering expertise, academic knowledge, even fabrication and local support for our business."
Gerdau Long Steel North America's Whitby plant is one of 14 Gerdau facilities located in countries around the world. The plant produces angles, rebar, flats and channels used in the construction of high-rise buildings, bridges, transmission towers.
Manufacturing and Technology Centre (MTC)
Troy Hanson, Senior Vice-President
"We're readily accessible, right off Highway 401. And we need this easy access in order to ship the amount of products that we do, in and out of different processes, in and out of a customer's hands, right across Canada. So being located in Whitby is a huge advantage for us in terms of our ability to be able to deliver to our customers."
Manufacturing and Technology Centre (MTC) refurbishes damaged electronics and white goods including: MP3 players, large-screen televisions, refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, air conditioners.
Vic Smith, Plant Manager
"With the new line expansion we put in this year, we were able to use contract vendors to help with the installation of the equipment we had in our facility. We also used local vendors to help expand the building. And on a day-to-day basis, we have local companies that can supply us with the maintenance and repair parts we need to keep our lines functioning."
Ball Packaging produces lightweight aluminum beverage containers for major companies including Coca Cola, Pepsi and Sleemans.
Wegu Canada Inc.
Luis Ferreira, President and COO
"Local labour is well-trained and very mature. We're able to hire people that have manufacturing experience because of the companies in the area. These people have good knowledge of manufacturing processes and require little training when they join our team."
Wegu Canada specializes in rubber and plastics compounds and supplies a diverse range of industries including automotive, mining and aggregates processing, construction and heavy manufacturing. Wegu Canada provides product design assistance, engineering, tooling development, prototyping, materials analysis, testing and manufacturing.
John Dyall, President
"UOIT and Durham College are at our front door and both provide great programs for software development, and also hardware and electronics."
Keyscan designs and manufactures enterprise-wide access control systems solutions including over 50,000 electronic access control systems throughout Canada, the US and Latin America.