Situated in the heart of Kingston, Ontario’s old industrial area, filled with construction contractors and bakeries, BKIN Technologies Ltd. (BKIN) blends into the surrounding landscape. From the outside, BKIN seems like a typical corporate office space; however, what happens inside the facility is nothing short of extraordinary. Led by president and chief executive officer, Anne Vivian-Scott, BKIN competes in the complex and fascinating world of medical robotics.
Direct Coil is a prime example of a business that not only survived a transformation, but thrived as a result. Started in 2007, Direct Coil operates in the heat transfer and refrigeration market, producing commercial and industrial engineered heating and cooling coils that are used in a wide array of applications (furnaces, fridges, and practically anything involving air movement). Originally, Direct Coil was limited in its capabilities—it catered only to applications requiring smaller coils (an extremely competitive market)—and suffered in its early years as a result.
There are a multitude of success stories that demonstrate not only the innovative technologies and entrepreneurial spirit that drive Canadian manufacturing, but also the positive contributions that so many immigrants make to our economy and society. As Canadians, we are privileged to enjoy a standard of living that far exceeds global norms; the struggles that many refugees and immigrants face are often unimaginable to most of us.
JAE Automation is proof positive that a cutting-edge, high-tech company can work with some of the biggest, most innovative manufacturers in North America but still enjoy the camaraderie and enviably balanced lifestyle of living in a small, close-knit community.
That’s exactly what has transpired with the Kemptville company – a thriving automation systems integration design and implementation firm which services big clients throughout Eastern Ontario and beyond.
A live video production equipment and services company, Ross Video’s success is characterized by their continuous drive for innovation, worldwide distribution and production, and their excellent management. Their broad range of technologies and equipment is used by major broadcasters in North America and 140 countries worldwide. Ross Video provides the control room equipment for major sports stadiums in and around the world as well. Popular entertainment shows and award shows have been produced using Ross Video’s equipment.
Virgin Mobile, Nike, Coors and thousands of hot dog cart vendors around the world have something in common – Willy Dog Hot Dog Carts designed and manufactured here in Napanee.
Kingston, ON has a strong, diverse manufacturing sector that serves many industries locally, provincially, nationally, and globally. Our company visit program tells us that there is positive momentum in the manufacturing sector with strong growth being predicated across the community. As the economies of Ontario and Canada continue to recover from the recent economic downturn, the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) continues to support and assist many Kingston businesses with expanding their operations this year, labour market development, and the creation of industry/ acad
Napanee hotdog cart supplier taking over the world
Will Hodgskiss isn’t afraid to talk about global domination.
The Bombardier Transportation facility in Millhaven is creating 20 new jobs in Ontario East as part of an upgrade that is being funded by $750,000 from the provincial government.
“Today’s announcement of 20 new jobs will also open up new opportunities for Bombardier in the global mass transit market and is already generating new business for local companies,” Gerretsen says.