Manufacturing is the process where raw materials, parts, and components are used to assemble a new product. Manufacturing businesses employ people and machines to put together the product in a planned way, often moving from one workstation to the next. Some manufacturers make products directly for consumers while others will make components that are used by other manufacturers.

Manufacturing represents more than 10% of Canada’s total GDP, and Canadian manufacturers account for 68% of all of Canada’s merchandise exports. Manufacturing remains a strong and growing sector in Cornwall. According to the 2016 Census, nearly 10% of the Cornwall workforce was employed in the sector, more per capita than Ontario as a whole.

Major Employers

There are a wide variety of companies operating manufacturing operations in Cornwall. Most of the manufacturing companies can be found in the Cornwall Business Park, located in the east end of Cornwall.  The following represent the largest employers in the sector as rated by workforce.

  • Morbern (Fabrics)
  • Ridgewood (Furniture)
  • SigmaPoint (Electronics)
  • Laminacorr (Plastics)

More detail on the above and other major employers can be found in the Cornwall Business Directory, one of the many useful documents available for download from the Resources page.

Employment Opportunities

There are a variety of jobs in manufacturing, ranging from entry-level general labourer jobs to machine operators to quality control positions. As companies modernizes processes to become innovative and compete on a global scale,  they are increasingly adding adding skilled positions that include designers, researchers, programmers, engineers, technicians and tradespeople. To view current employment opportunities from Cornwall companies active in the Manufacturing sector, please check the Job Board:

Future Outlook

Manufacturing continues to change and evolve. Global trends suggest that producing goods in Canada is gaining popularity from a cost and transportation point of view, especially as technology and innovation drive positive results in the making processes more efficient.

To keep track of the latest developments in manufacturing in Cornwall, and to see which companies are investing in new technology and adding workers, check the News section of this website on a regular basis. You can also search the News archives and Resources to have a better understanding of the past development activity.

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