Ontario’s largest manufacturing industry is transportation equipment; producing automobiles and replacement parts to supply the North American and overseas markets. The bulk of Ontario’s auto-manufacturing is concentrated in the Greater Toronto Area and southwestern Ontario, including Elgin County. Manufacturing is a major contributor to Ontario’s economy:

  • Representing about 1/5th of all economic activity
  • Providing 16% of Ontario’s total employment
  • Is the second-largest employer in North America’s manufacturing sector

Elgin County is home to a number of small and medium-sized manufacturing operations including:

  • Manufacturing machinery
  • Beverage products
  • Food
  • Plastics
  • Rubber and wood products
  • Transportation equipment


Elgin County is committed to sustaining and diversifying a broad base of manufacturing opportunities and operations, while capitalizing on the skilled and dedicated workforce and strategic location.

Success Stories

ETBO Tool & Die

ETBO opened for business in Canada in 1958 as a tool and die company specializing in industrial 
engraving. ETBO is recognized as an industry leader in quality stamping, tooling and engineering,
and employs over 45 skilled trades personnel in a modern, 40,000 SF climate-controlled manufacturing facility in Aylmer, Ontario. The company expanded its facilities and has invested in state-of-the-art equipment to maximize ongoing quality and market competitivness. ETBO’s location strategically positions the company in the heart of Canada’s automotive corridor, and an equal distance from Buffalo and Detroit, two key manufacturing border cities.

Steelway Building Systems

Located in Aylmer, Ontario, Steelway Building Systems is a privately-owned Canadian company that opened for business in 1976. Specializing in the design and manufacturing of steel building systems and material handling equipment for the industrial, commercial, agricultural, recreational, and institutional markets, their products are found across North America and throughout the world. Over the last 30 years, Steelway has grown to a major manufacturer of building systems in Canada, operating a 155,000 SF facility that employs 110, and a recently opened second facility in the community.

North Star Windows and Doors

Since 1985 North Star Windows and Doors has been an industry leader in the manufacture of energy efficient Vinyl windows and patio doors. The facility currently employs 184 people at its location in Talbotville with plans to hire an additional 140 in the near future.  

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