The Globe and Mail has a great special section on Canadian manufacturing. Much like what is going on the U.S., smaller niche manufacturing companies are starting to thrive.
They are doing this by finding defensible niches where they can compete using innovation, speed and intellectual capital. Key quote on the lessons learned by the owner of a specialty motor maker:
One of the lessons he has learned is that trying to compete with motor makers in China and elsewhere that can mass produce them makes little sense. He urges other Canadian manufacturers to follow his lead and find a niche.
The special section has several articles and slideshows, as well as videos. There is too much there to cover here, so to learn more visit the Globe and Mail.
We also cover small manufacturing here at Smallbizlabs.
Thanks to Grant Wickes at Wasp Barcode Technologies for pointing me to the story.