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Learn what local companies have to say about why Whitby is their Community of Choice...for Business. Click on a category below to see information about selected companies in each sector:


Success Stories for Advanced Manufacturing

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ABB

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.

"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."

David Domanski, Business Unit Manager, Metals, North America, Metallurgy Products
www.abb.com | PDF

Ball Packaging

Ball Packaging produces lightweight aluminum beverage containers for major companies including Coca Cola, Pepsi and Sleemans.

"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."
Vic Smith, Plant Manager

www.ballamericas.com | PDF | Video | Video Transcript

Gerdau

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 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."
Alan Lamb, Works Manager

www.gerdau.com/longsteel | PDF | Video  | Video Transcript

Keyscan

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.

"UOIT and Durham College are at our front door and both provide great programs for software development, and also hardware and electronics."
John Dyall, President

www.keyscan.ca | PDF | Video | Video Transcript

Manufacturing and Technology Centre (MTC)

Manufacturing and Technology Centre (MTC) refurbishes damaged electronics and white goods including: MP3 players, large-screen televisions, refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, air conditioners.

"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."
Troy Hanson, Senior Vice-President

www.mtcservice.com | PDF | Video  | Video Transcript

Wegu Canada Inc.

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.

"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."
Luis Ferreira, President and COO

www.wegucanada.com | PDF | Video | Video Transcript


Success Stories for Clean Technology

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AECOM

AECOM is a global engineering, architectural and planning company. Its Whitby office focuses on transportation and structural engineering including buildings and bridges, wastewater and water treatment plants, linear distribution systems and subsurface utility engineering, and is currently home to over 200 engineers, environmental planners, transportation planners, utility experts, architects, CAD operators and designers.

"Over the next 20 years, another three million people are expected to move to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and a large proportion of that growth will occur in the eastern part of the GTA, and in particular, Durham Region."
Doug Allingham, Executive Vice-President

www.aecom.com | PDF | Video | Video Transcript

Global Emissions Systems Inc. (GESI)

Global Emissions Systems Inc. (GESi) is a company dedicated to designing, developing and manufacturing the finest emissions control technologies in the world.

"Our location in Durham gives us access to a highly-skilled work force for manufacturing and fabrication, including a large population of engineering and science students from the local colleges and universities."
Gary Jarosz, Vice-President

www.gesi.us

Golder Associates

Golder Associates is a global company providing consulting, design, and construction services in earth, environment, and related areas of energy.

"We work throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and from our location on Thickson Road in Whitby, we have easy access to major highways and the GO Train. The new 407 extension that is being built now offers offer great benefits for our people and our operations."
Michael Cant, Whitby Location Leader

www.golder.ca | PDF | Video | Video Transcript

Real Tech Inc.

Real Tech Inc. researches, develops and manufactures cost-effective, technologically-superior UV photometric and spectroscopic analytical instruments to meet the growing demands of the global water and wastewater industry.

"We have talented suppliers that provide us with great support services. From a cost perspective, a shipping perspective and a supplier perspective, it definitely makes sense for our company to be located in Whitby."
Jodi Glover, Chief Executive Officer

http://www.realtechwater.com | PDF | Video | Video Transcript


Success Stories for Health & Medicine

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Kela Medical

Kela Medical is a medical device and services company. They are also developers of the Personal Health Record CardTM, an advanced portable medical records product, with technology patented in a number of countries.
www.Kelamedical.com

portrait of Arjun Kumar Arjun Kumar, CEO

Arjun Kumar is one of 30 young Canadian entrepreneurs selected by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation to join Team Canada at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Summit (2011). He was also recognized by Profit Magazine in 2011 as a future entrepreneurial leader and received a FuEL award.

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

www.uoit.ca

portrait of Dr. Carolyn McGregor Dr. Carolyn McGregor, Research Chair in Health Informatics

Dr. Carolyn McGregor is UOIT's Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics. She's leading a first-of-a-kind research project (known as Artemis) in collaboration with IBM, Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children and other partners from around the globe.


portrait of Dr. Bill Kapralos Dr. Bill Kapralos, Assistant Professor, Game Development and Entrepreneurship Program.

Dr. Bill Kapralos specializes in training initiatives for health care professionals at UOIT. He's involved in a number of serious gaming initiatives, including those for the simulation training of accountants, community health nurses, critical care providers, and orthopedic surgeons.



Success Stories for Information & Communications Technology

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Oogled and ClubIT

Oogled is a professional company specializing in website design, social media and search engine optimization. ClubIT is a tech support company located in Whitby, Ontario that specializes in Managed IT Services.

"In Whitby, we have a nice mixture of high speed Internet, wonderful telephone service and reliable electrical service. As a business owner, it helps to know these services are always going to be up and running."
Robert Fraser, President

www.oogled.ca  |  www.clubit.ca | PDF | Video | Video Transcript

Deighton Associates

Deighton Associates develops and implements infrastructure asset management software for any size organization, supporting any number of assets.

"Whitby is a community that has very deep, strong roots. You'll find full services here from sports to arts and culture, the lakefront and beautiful parks."
Vicki Deighton, President and CEO

www.deighton.com | PDF | Video | Video Transcript

360insights.com

360insights.com is a leader in on-demand incentives solutions including a user-friendly, yet highly sophisticated Saas-based software platform that allows large businesses to manage highly complex incentive programs in real time.

"As we started hiring people, we realized we were getting a lot of people that used to commute to Mississauga and Toronto but who wanted to be closer to home and families."
Jason Atkins, CEO and Founder

www.360insights.com | PDF | Video | Video Transcript

Keyscan

Keyscan designs and manufactures enterprise-wide access control systems solutions.

"UOIT and Durham College are at our front door and both provide great programs for software development, and also hardware and electronics."
John Dyall, President

www.keyscan.ca | PDF | Video| Video Transcript

Search Engine People

Search Engine People is Canada's largest and most experienced search marketing team It is list on the 2011 Profit 100 - Canada's fastest growing companies.

"The choice of launching a business close to my Ajax home was about the quality of life it could bring for my family. Our kids are young and I wanted to be here for them. Our home-based business simply expanded into a shared office complex, an industrial plaza, and ultimately a 10,000 square foot facility right next to the GO Train, offering easy access to employees who commute from Toronto."
Jeff Quipp, President

www.searchenginepeople.com

University of Ontario's Institute in Technology (UOIT)

"Our professors are world-class experts in their fields who perform specialized, interdisciplinary research which produces great innovation. Our professors progress their research, with a diverse mix of students enrolled in master's and PhD degrees in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Health Sciences (Health Informatics), Information Technology and Business."
Dr. Pamela Ritchie
Dean of the Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Durham College

"The School of Media, Art & Design (MAD) at Durham College offers a broad range of knowledge and skills through practical, hands-on experience and critical discussion led by experienced faculty. ?MAD is also developing a number of exciting new projects with our industry partners to bring exceptional creative products to market, including a series of animated shorts about science that will be distributed to elementary schools across North America."
Greg Murphy
Dean of the School of Media Art and Design

Success Stories for Professional & Technical Services

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Golder Associates

Golder Associates is a global company providing consulting, design, and construction services in earth, environment, and related areas of energy.

"We work throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and from our location on Thickson Road in Whitby, we have easy access to major highways and the GO Train. The new 407 extension that is being built now offers offer great benefits for our people and our operations."
Michael Cant, Whitby Location Leader

www.golder.ca | PDF | Video | Video Transcript

AECOM

AECOM is a global engineering, architectural and planning company. Its Whitby office focuses on transportation and structural engineering including buildings and bridges, wastewater and water treatment plants, linear distribution systems and subsurface utility engineering, and is currently home to over 200 engineers, environmental planners, transportation planners, utility experts, architects, CAD operators and designers.

"Over the next 20 years, another three million people are expected to move to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and a large proportion of that growth will occur in the eastern part of the GTA, and in particular, Durham Region."
Doug Allingham, Executive Vice-President

www.aecom.com | PDF | Video | Video Transcript

Toreion

Toreion Corporation specializes in e-Procurement solutions for connecting information in the enterprise supply chain.

"Whitby offers a quick commute into Toronto for meetings with customers, particularly on the GO Train. One of the benefits of using the GO Train is its access to the Toronto Island Airport, which we use because it's a more convenient way to travel to the U.S. and in Canada."
Marlin Doner, Vice President, Corporate Development

www.toreion.com | PDF | Video | Video Transcript

Oogled and ClubIT

Oogled is a professional company specializing in website design, social media and search engine optimization. ClubIT is a tech support company located in Whitby, Ontario that specializes in Managed IT Services.

"In Whitby, we have a nice mixture of high speed Internet, wonderful telephone service and reliable electrical service. As a business owner, it helps to know these services are always going to be up and running."
Robert Fraser, President

www.oogled.ca | www.clubit.ca | PDF | Video | Video Transcript

Deighton Associates

Deighton Associates develops and implements infrastructure asset management software for any size organization, supporting any number of assets.

"Whitby is a community that has very deep, strong roots. You'll find full services here from sports to arts and culture, the lakefront and beautiful parks."
Vicki Deighton, President and CEO

www.deighton.com | PDF | Video | Video Transcript

Simnet

Simnet provides Managed IT Services and Solutions to all businesses. Services include server collocation, managed hosting and e-mail hosting.

"When it came to hiring, I was pleased to find lots of IT people in the area and a wide range of suppliers like marketing and advertising agencies that add further support. The prices are better than Toronto, and the quality of services is the same or better."
Ted deVos, President

www.simnet.ca | PDF | Video | Video Transcript


Success Stories for Logistics & Distribution

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McGraw-Hill Ryerson

McGraw-Hill Ryerson is a publisher of printed and electronic materials for the education and entertainment industries.

"It's critical for us to be in the kind of transportation hub like Whitby, both for inbound product that we bring into our distribution centre, and for outbound product that we send across the country. Whitby was a fantastic choice for us."
David Swail, President and Chief Executive Officer

www.mcgrawhill.ca | PDF | Video | Video Transcript

Manufacturing and Technology Centre (MTC)

Manufacturing and Technology Centre (MTC) refurbishes damaged electronics and white goods including MP3 players, large-screen televisions, refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, air conditioners.

"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."
Troy Hanson, Senior Vice-President

www.mtcservice.com | PDF | Video | Video Transcript

Ball Packaging

Ball Packaging supplies of rigid metal packaging products and services, primarily to the beverage and food industries.

"When you're doing Just in Time delivery, the transportation routes to your customers are very important. The Highway 401 is an excellent route with direct access to our customers in both directions. It's just down the street, with easy access, so it works very well.
Vic Smith, Plant Manager

www.ball.com | PDF | Video | Video Transcript