Key Industries

Advanced Manufacturing

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Come build a future in Winnipeg. We’ve manufactured a solid reputation for producing high-value, well-designed and engineering-intensive goods for satisfied customers around the world. Advanced manufacturing includes original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) both large and small, as well as suppliers of components and specialized services. We’re also increasingly becoming a renowned centre for advanced materials like biofibre composites.

North America’s largest centre for bus manufacturing, Winnipeg is also known for building motor homes, fire engines, semi-trailers and storage tanks for agriculture and oil and gas. From precision machining and sheet-metal fabrication to kitchen cabinets, countertops and finely crafted furniture, Winnipeg manufacturers put quality first and build things to last. And they have a very stable system of suppliers and skilled workers supporting them.

With the tools to build your business and unparalleled distribution channels to transport goods, your company will grow better in Winnipeg.

Vital Stats

Winnipeg is one of North America’s most cost-competitive locations for manufacturing, supported by a highly skilled and hardworking labour force, among the lowest published electricity rates in North America, competitive manufacturing tax credits, the elimination of tariffs on the import of manufacturing inputs and a robust and cost-competitive transportation and logistics infrastructure.

Major manufacturing industries in Manitoba include food manufacturing, with 2013 revenues of $4.6 billion; machinery manufacturing, with revenues of $1.9 billion; transportation equipment manufacturing, with revenues of $2.2 billion; and chemical manufacturing, with revenues of $1.3 billion. 

Plastics, furniture, wood products, fabricated metal, printing, paper, electrical and computer equipment, and medical devices are also manufactured in Winnipeg, all with industry revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Fast Facts

  • Advanced manufacturing is Winnipeg’s largest industrial sector, representing 13 per cent of the city’s GDP and 11 per cent of all employment.
  • Winnipeg’s diverse manufacturing base is comprised of more than 1,300 business establishments employing a skilled workforce of over 45,000 workers.
  • Total revenues for the manufacturing sector in Manitoba exceeded $18 billion in 2013.
  • Winnipeg has one of the highest internal rates of return in North America for a new investment by a manufacturing firm.

Major Manufacturing Revenue Stats

  • $4.6B

    Food

  • $1.9B

    Machinery

  • $2.2B

    Transportation Equipment

  • $1.3B

    Chemical

Source: Conference Board of Canada

Fast Facts

Advanced manufacturing makes up...

  • 13%

    GDP

  • 1,300

    Businesses

  • 45,000

    Skilled Workers

  • $18B

    Total Revenue

Source: Conference Board of Canada

Large Manufacturers in Winnipeg (2014)

Company Industry Revenue
($ millions)
Employees*
Cargill Limited Agricultural Products 9,368 8,039
New Flyer / Motor Coach Industries Vehicle Manufacturing 1,602 2,100*
MacDon Industries Ltd. Agricultural Equipment n.a. 1,350
Winpak Ltd. Packaging 868.5 1,700
Boeing Canada Aerospace 2,106 1,600*
Magellan Aerospace Aerospace n.a. 656
WGI Westman Group Inc. Building Products 454 30*
Buhler Industries Inc. Agricultural Equipment 325.5 770
Arctic Glacier Income Fund Food Manufacturing n.a. 1,100
Emergent  Biosolutions Biotech n.a. 350*
Ag Growth International Inc. Grain Handling 237 860
Pollard Holdings Limited Partnership Publishing n.a. 1,100
Empire Industries Ltd. Fabricated Steel 141 360
Granny's Poultry Cooperative (Manitoba) Food Manufacturing n.a. 490

* Total employees in Winnipeg
Revenue and employment figures represent global operations for firms with global and/or Canadian headquarters in Winnipeg

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