Manufacturing

Niagara's manufacturers are diverse and multi-faceted. The Region's primary manufacturing industries are: fabricated products, medical and other products, food, machinery, and beverage and tobacco products. 68% of the Region's manufacturers operate in multiple sectors simultaneously. Those complementary capabilities allow manufacturers in the region to act as a consortium, enabling businesses working together to get every job done.

The application and integration of key technology-based processes in traditional manufacturing industries has placed the Niagara region at the forefront of Canada’s advanced manufacturing clusters.  Niagara's manufacturing community is well-connected and organized and many manufacturing specific initiatives are coordinated through the Niagara Industrial Association (NIA) which serves as the voice of manufacturing and related industries in Niagara. 

Niagara Manufacturing Facts


Manufacturing employment (2016):  17,200
Manufacturing contribution to Niagara GDP (2015):  $2.17 billion (CAD)
Total number of employer manufacturing companies (2016):  620

Top 5 manufacturing industries by employment (2016):

Transportation equipment:  2,997
Fabricated metal products:  2,552
Beverage products:  1,902
Food products:  1,744
Machinery:  1,584

Top 5 manufacturing industries by total number of companies (2016):

Fabricated metal products:  112
Beverage products:  74
Food products:  61
Machinery:  51
Miscellaneous products:  50

Select large manufacturing corporation with facilities in Niagara:

Airbus Helicopters (aerospace)
Bosch Rexroth Group (material handling equipment)
Campari (beverage)
CYTEC Solvay Group (chemical)
General Electric (engine and power transmission equipment)
General Motors of Canada (automotive)
Hydac Corporation (fluid power)
John Deere (farm machinery)
Jungbunzlauer (chemical) 
Parker Hannifin (fabricated metal products)
Post Foods (food)
THK Rhythm Automotive (automotive)
Rich Products Corporation (frozen foods)

Select major manufacturing investments in Niagara:

Allied Marine and Industrial:  $4.6 million
Atlantic Biodiesel:  $50 million
Cytec Solvay Group:  $175 million
General Electric:  $347 million
General Motors of Canada:  $450 million
Jungbunzlauer:  $250 million
Northern Gold Foods:  $25 million
Stanpac Inc.:  $46 million
Welded Tube:  $75 million



 

St. Catharines company part of joint venture to manufacture wind turbine parts 
CMI Heavy Industries, a machining company in St. Catharines, has partnered with A/S Grenaa Motorfabrik of Denmark and Synova International Business Development of Milton to form Grenaa Grenada Gearbox Service Inc.(GGS).  The joint venture allows for the transfer of Grenaa’s European wind turbine gearbox experience to the Canadian operation, where GGS will deliver the same high quality standards Grenaa has been providing in Europe.  The joint venture is starting with an extensive training program in Denmark and Ontario for some CMI employees; and, ongoing technical support of the Canadian operation by Grenaa Motorfabrik.

CMI is a leading supplier of large, forged and cast machined components and assemblies, offering a wide range of general machine capabilities to heavy industry.  CMI is experienced in heavy-duty gear box and repair, which encompasses the skill sets they will bring to this joint venture.

The joint venture is expected to generate 10 new jobs in 2015.
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