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Oro Design and Manufacturing

​​​​​​​Oro De​sign and Manufacturing has been manufacturing heavy equipment field service vehicles and accessories for 26 years from right here in Simcoe County.

Their products are used in a wide range of industries including construction, mining and the infrastructure sector. Engineered for strength and durability; Oro Design & Manufacturing has a vehicle for every job – big or small. You’ll find their products all across the Country - from the Arctic to British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador, with the majority of customers being located here in Ontario. ORO Design and Manufacturing Ltd currently employs 45 people with a strong culture built on respect, safety and integrity and will be looking to grow their team in the next year. Their team takes pride in offering jobs that include plenty of chances for growth and advancement, constant variety as well as benefits and competitive wages.

Being a family-run company, with the second generation starting to take more responsibility, we value the people that make all of this possible and work hard to make it a positive work environment for everyone,” said Melinda Smith, Marketing Manager at ORO Design and Manufacturing.

Applications are always accepted for: electrical technicians, mechanical assembly technicians, industrial painters and material prep technicians, draftsman, welder-fitters and service technicians. Interested in learning more? Visit www.orodesign.ca



Environmental Systems Corporation

​Environmental Systems Corporation (ESC) has grown from a garage in Alliston to one of North America’s leading critical environmental solution providers. Since 1983, ESC has been designing and custom manufacturing cutting edge and compliant Cleanrooms for organizations in all sectors, from right here in Barrie. Vernon Solomon, President at ESC, founded the business with a vision that remains true today, focused on supporting customers through quality service, innovative solutions, and a commitment to deliver on promises.
The company’s roots began in commercial heating and air conditioning and have evolved over the years, as their expertise in temperature and humidity control led them to find their calling in Critical Environments for manufacturing which require close tolerance control of Temperature, Humidity, Filtration and Pressure Control such as Cleanrooms.
ESC uses our expertise and a Team of Teams approach collaborating with clients and partners to successfully deliver complex projects for the most complex industries, such as: nuclear power, optical, automotive, pharmaceutical and biotechnology. A well-designed cleanroom will ensure a high level of industry compliance, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness for their clients.
Simcoe County is a great location to start and ScaleUP a business” said Vernon Solomon, Founder & President. 
The opportunity to grow at ESC is here. Canadian Business and Maclean's recently ranked Environmental System Corporation Number 138 on the annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies. Their team of innovators and problem solvers has doubled in the past 2 years – currently employing 37 staff in a variety of positions: assembly workers, engineers, programmers, customer relations and more! This Barrie-based business is making an economic impact far and wide. Interested in learning more? Visit www.e-s-c.com​



SAE Inc.

​SAE Inc.​​ is a leading manufacturer of innovative grounding solutions. SAE specializes in the development and manufacturing of conductive materials that are used in the production of specialized electrical grounding and cathodic protection (corrosion control systems). Their products are used by municipal utilities and independent contractors for a wide array of applications, such as:​
  • Pipeline Protection
  • Power ​distribution grounding​
  • Telecom and broadcast grounding
  • Transmission and transformer grounding
  • Utility pole grounding
  • Backfill installations
  • Shoreline grounding
  • and more! 

Based on experience gained by solving complex grounding problems for clients such as NASA, along with years of research and development, SAE has developed a complete a number of impressive products and applications.

At SAE, we recognize growing customer needs for better grounding options and continue to develop innovative products that better meet market demands," said Todd Sirola, Chief Executive Officer at SAE Inc.

This was proven true with a recent contract announcement with Hydro One, Canadas largest electricity transmission and distribution service provider. The Hydro One contract is to manufacture and supply SAE's ConduDisc®, a utility pole ground plate that virtually eliminates ground plate corrosion, extending the service life of the grounding plate to 60 years ̶ the life of the utility pole. The team at SAE Inc. is comprised of accounting managers, administrative assistants, technical consultants, project managers, marketing and sales, field engineering, production, research and development staff, and receiving and team leads.

We pride ourselves on creating a welcoming and safe environment, hence our open-door policy," said Shanise Ling, Marketing and Communications Strategist at SAE.

SAE is a great example of one of the hundreds of manufacturers creating innovative products in Simcoe County. Learn more at www.saeinc.com​ and watch them on CTV news​ 


Med​iPharm Labs

​MediPharm Labs is a company to watch in the cannabis industry and they are located right here in Simcoe County. Founded in 2015, MediPharm Labs is a global leader in specialized, research-driven cannabis extraction, distillation and purification through bulk wholesale and white-label production. Their one-of-a-kind facility in the City of Barrie has state-of-the-art technologies and critical cleanroom environments, designed to ISO standards. MediPharm Labs' investment in an expert team and leading-edge technology, along with downstream purification methodologies and five primary extraction lines ​gives the company 300,000 KG of annual processing capacity to deliver purified and precisely-dosed cannabis products to its customers.

Company leaders and trailblazers Pat McCutcheon, Chief Executive Officer and Keith Strachan, President, dreamed of creating an organization that stood out in the cannabis industry and they are executing on their vision. They have built an exceptional company of highly-talented and engaged employees who feel passion and pride in their work. Their workplace breeds innovation, staying on the forefront of the industry through the imagination and collaboration of their team and partners.

Growing from only six (6) employees in early 2018 to over 200 employees today, MediPharm Labs has created a great place to work - one that is contributing to the regional economy and has forged an entirely new 'extraction-only' segment in the Canadian cannabis industry.

“It's been a record-paced year since recreational cannabis was legalized and we commenced sales in this new groundbreaking industry. The years of hard work building the company from the ground up have paid off," said Keith Strachan, President, MediPharm Labs. “We are extremely proud to be a leading manufacturer in the city of Barrie. The strong local community support has been a cornerstone in our journey towards establishing MediPharm Labs as a top global cannabis company, but with roots firmly planted in the heart of the city for years to come." 

They support the local community by taking leadership roles as community speakers, volunteers, and by becoming members in local groups such as the Barrie Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Barrie, Xcelerate Summit, The United Way and Georgian College. MediPharm Labs also provides financial support of the “MediPharm Innovation Space" at the SandBox Centre in downtown Barrie. Just last week, MediPharm Labs received the Manufacturing Business Excellence Award at the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

MediPharm Labs prides itself in paying good wages, offering an exceptional benefits plan and hiring top talent including researchers, scientists, engineers, and technicians who deliver on quality and innovation through research, discipline and forward-thinking.

Want to join them? Visit https://www.medipharmlabs.com/careers

MediPharm Labs is continuously striving to be the global leader in industrial-scale manufacturing – and they are making significant strides in jurisdictions worldwide.



​​Aereus Technologies · Alspec Industries · Interspec Systems

Alspec Industries, Interspec Systems, and Aereus Technologies are a family of companies operating from an impressive facility located here in Simcoe County. These three dynamic companies manufacture a multitude of innovative products:
Alspec Industries mainly focuses on custom metal fabrication and architectural projects. Architectural metalwork would include products such as ceiling systems, light fixtures, decorative trim, shelving and racks, store fixtures, door and window systems, and more. Their team uses the companies 40 years of experience in laser cutting, bending, welding and other high-tech equipment to deliver precision on every project. 
Interspec Systems provides hospitals with the most complete range of healthcare headwalls and medical service unit solutions on the market. These units keep essentials at doctors finger tips in hospital rooms. You’ll find Interspec equipment at major hospitals across the globe – throughout Canada, the United States, Central America, Africa, Middle-East, and Asia.
Aereus Technologies is a pioneering manufacturer of antimicrobial solutions. They have developed an EPA and PMRA registered antimicrobial metallic solution that can be applied to virtually any hard surface (metals, woods, plastics, etc.) that kills bacteria within two hours of exposure. It’s a one time, non-chemical application that never stops working!
With an expert team, this trio of companies is constantly researching, sourcing, testing and releasing new accessories and technologies to enhance their products.
“We are continuously innovating by looking at the market and determining what new technologies are making their way into the mainstream manufacturing sector,” said Graeme Snedker, Technical Account Manager at Alspec Industries.
Their motivated team of 35 staff is growing and you could join them. Positions vary from machine operators, engineers, supervisors management personnel and more.
 “Every day at Alspec Industries is a new and positive experience. With new projects constantly being undertaken, and innovative products to design and manufacture, Alspec Industries provides a great working environment for its employees and high-quality products for its clients,” said Snedker.
Interested in learning more? Visit  http://aereustech.com

Watch them on CTV news: https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1688143




McGill Transportation

McGill Transportation located in Oro Medonte is a growing company that offers a direct and reliable link for local manufacturers to distribute products. McGill connects to all points in North America, and specializes in LTL (less than truck load) freight from business to business offering next day delivery service points in the Orillia, Owen Sound, Sudbury, North Bay and Peterborough areas. The family-owned company's commitment to quality service, safety and pride in community have remained their core values for over 26 years.

Freight movement might be taken for granted in today's markets, and deemed as simply a necessary action in order to distribute goods. The local manufacturing industry is thriving, and requires an outlet to distribute freight both efficiently and effectively. The motto at McGill is, 'We're going to make you love us'. It's safe to say that their team will go the extra mile to ensure that freight is managed with professionalism and care.

“We have been assisting in the background for many Simcoe County businesses for years, cheering on their success as they grow. The success of others is our success and we look forward to championing businesses in Simcoe County as they grow and thrive," said Jennifer Vlieger, Customer Service Representative at McGill.

As the regional manufacturing sector continues to produce world-class products that need to be transported, McGill will continuously accommodate the ever changing needs required. 

 “Our goal is to empower you to excel in business," said Mac McGill, Owner, and Operations Manager of McGill Transportation.

Interested in learning more? Visit www.shipmcgill.com or contact dispatch@shipmcgill.com​​




Weldco Beales Manufacturing

Weldco Beales Manufacturing has been designing and making specialized heavy equipment attachments since 1945. Beginning in a small shop in downtown Vancouver, BC, they have grown Canada-wide, including a facility right here in Simcoe County. Weldco sells a comprehensive range of heavy steel products that service a wide array of industries, including: construction, snow removal, forestry, scrap recycling, mining and oil and gas. Products include attachments for excavators, loaders, motor graders, heavy trucks and much more!

​With this extensive history, they have built a solid reputation on coming up with innovative solutions for their customer needs, even if it's something outside the regular product line. The attachments designed and manufactured here are put to work across the globe – throughout North America, South America and parts of Europe and Asia. Weldco has three manufacturing facilities across Canada, one repair and refurbishment facility in Northern Alberta, and sales offices in the US and Latin America. Their dedicated team of 60 staff in Barrie work in a variety of positions, including: sales account managers, design engineers, machinists, fitters, welders, painters, shippers, general laborers and various administrative staff. 

“We have an amazing track record of retaining our employees, with many long-term team members having dedicated over 30-40 years of service," said Heather, Marketing Coordinator at Weldco. 

Weldco truly believes in nurturing growth within the company and their own branch is a prime example of this. 

“We have employees in Barrie who have started their careers as a general labourers, then progressively moved on to apprentice in trades, then management positions," said Heather. 

Interested in learning more? Visit www.weldco-be​ales.com




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