Advanced Manufacturing Drives Durham Region’s Economy

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Durham Region serves as an ideal location to support the expansion and development of companies wishing to expand businesses in advanced manufacturing due to the already existing land, location, multimodal transportation and logistics sector, educated workforce, infrastructure and work/life balance.

The strengthening and deepening of the advanced manufacturing sector has resulted in the development of local infrastructures within the region. In the past five years the City of Pickering has seen over one million square feet of commercial and industrial space built.

The location of Durham Region plays a large role in the success of the advanced manufacturing sector. The Region is located along the 401 and 407 Highways, which are vital Canadian trade routes that also connect the Quebec City-Windsor corridor and Montreal-Chicago corridor, which are pivotal to national and international trade. The proximity to the Port of Oshawa and adjacent rail spur also facilitates effortless intermodal transportation between Canada and North America.

There is a tremendous opportunity for extended and continuous growth in advanced manufacturing due to the strong and dynamic base of manufacturers already present in Durham Region. This allows for long term development and employment opportunities within the Region.

Workforce Age Durham Manufacturing Perspective


Top Advanced Manufacturing Local Employers Drive Economy

City of Pickering

  • Active Automation Inc.
  • Noranco Inc.
  • Siemens
  • Howard Marten Company
  • Pacific Engineering Inc.
  • Nelson Industrial Inc.
  • Argus Industries

Town of Ajax

  • Autodyne Machinery Inc.
  • Messier-Dowty
  • Manutek Industrial Manufacturing Ltd.
  • Zakron Industries Inc.

Town of Whitby

  • AeroTek Manufacturing Ltd.
  • Gerdau
  • Johnson Controls
  • Makita Canada Inc.
  • Inductotherm Group Canada Inc.
  • Keyscan Access Control Systems Inc.
  • Lear Inc.
  • ABB Inc.
  • ASC Signal Corporation
  • Atlantic Lifts Ltd.
  • Wegu Manufacturing
  • Timbren Industries Inc.


City of Oshawa

  • BRIC Engineered Systems
  • EHC Global
  • General Motors Canada Ltd.
  • Deca Metal Products Ltd.
  • Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE)
  • The PIC Group
  • Durham College
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Cimetrix Solutions Inc.

Township of Scugog

  • Techstar Plastics Inc.
  • Adamson Systems Engineering
  • Metal Man Manufacturing
  • SGS Tool Company
  • Canadian Sign Systems
  • Canplex Profiles Inc.

Township of Brock

  • Kenco Manufacturing Ltd.
  • McGowan Welding and Fabrication
  • Northern Metalworks

Township of Uxbridge

  • Castool Tooling Systems
  • Agile manufacturing Inc.
  • Hela Spice Canada