MFG Month

Celebrating Manufacturing

Our Grand Erie region has many reasons to celebrate manufacturing.

Hundreds of manufacturing companies employ some 16,500 people between them, and those employees make an amazing array of products. Some of those products are household names, while some are more obscure, for specialty markets. Some of the products are sold in North America, while others are sold around the world.


Manufacturing Month 2018 a Success

October was celebrated as Manufacturing Month in the Grand Erie region – and it was a huge success.

Some 250 high school students, teachers and guidance counsellors got a first-hand look at modern manufacturing as 17 companies opened their doors on Oct. 4, 2018, to tours.

It was an eye-opening experience for everyone, and participants learned about career opportunities in this key industry.

October concluded with a Manufacturing Appreciation Breakfast, where the Workforce Planning Board and our two local school boards thanked the firms who offered tours.

The Breakfast also featured the debut of 4 new We Make It Here videos, showcasing local manufacturers, the products they make and the people who make them.

The theme of the 2018 videos is that people who are hired in manufacturing have many opportunities to learn new skills, upgrade their training, take on new responsibilities and move up the ladder in their company. Workers may start off in an entry level position of some kind, but that is only the beginning.

Thanks to everyone who made Manufacturing Month 2018 a strong community partnership: the companies that participated, the Grand Erie District School Board, the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, and the economic development departments in the City of Brantford, County of Brant, Norfolk County and Haldimand County.

We Make It Here 2018

Our 4 We Make It Here videos from 2018 offer a behind-the-scenes look at modern manufacturing in Brantford, Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk. You’ll hear from people who work in manufacturing and learn about the many exciting career opportunities in this large, diverse industry. Once hired, workers have opportunities to learn new skills, obtain training, take on different responsibilities and move up the ladder in their companies.

Brantford 2018 We Make It Here video

Norfolk County 2018 We Make It Here video

Brant County 2018 We Make It Here video

Haldimand County 2018 We Make It Here video

2018 Manufacturing Day tour hosts

The following companies hosted Manufacturing Day tours of their facility for small groups of high school students on Oct 4th. We thank them for opening their doors, for offering students a first-hand look at their operations and a chance to learn about manufacturing-related careers.
To learn more about this companies, click on their names.

Apogee Ceramics Inc. (Paris)

Battlefield International Inc. (Cayuga)

Bowman Precision Tooling (Brantford)

CGC Inc. (Hagersville)

CoorsTek Inc. (Paris)

DM Precision Products (Dunnville)

GIZEH Packaging (Brantford)

Hematite (Brantford)

iSPAN Systems LP (Princeton)

Kuritec/Kuriyama Canada (Brantford)

Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association (Simcoe)

Patriot Forge (Brantford)

Stelco Inc. (Nanticoke)

Tigercat Industries Inc. (Paris)

Titan Trailers Inc. (Delhi)

Toyotetsu Canada Inc. (Simcoe)

Walters Inc. (Princeton)

We Make It Here 2017

The first year for our community’s We Make It Here videos focused on skilled trades. Many manufacturers have a need for skilled trades to operate their plants, meet the demand for their products and grow their business. Companies support apprenticeships in the skilled trades and will help existing workers gain new skills, providing on-the-job training and help with additional schooling.

Brantford 2017 We Make It Here video

Norfolk County 2017 We Make It Here video

Brant County 2017 We Make It Here video

Haldimand County 2017 We Make It Here video

The We Make It Here videos project is produced by the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie in partnership with:

  • City of Brantford Economic Development & Tourism
  • County of Brant Economic Development & Tourism
  • Norfolk County Tourism & Economic Development
  • Haldimand County Economic Development & Tourism
  • Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board
  • Grand Erie District School Board

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

Photo of Tigercat Industries plant tour
2017 Manufacturing Day tours