Traditional and Advanced Manufacturing Growth
The manufacturing sector in Thunder Bay is poised for strong growth due to the city’s strong economic performance, low property and operating costs, highly skilled labour force and proximity to US and global markets.
Thunder Bay is currently home to over 177 manufacturing businesses, which makes up just over 5% of its labour force. Internationally recognized companies, such as Bombardier and Resolute Forest Products, have a proud history of manufacturing in Thunder Bay.
Today, exciting new opportunities are emerging in traditional, advanced and specialized manufacturing sectors including wood products, aeropace, life sciences, clean water, food and beverage, agriculture, mining machinery and transportation.
Manufacturing Programs and Services
Our Manufacturing Sector
Manufacturing has been a strong industry for Thunder Bay since 1912. With Thunder Bay’s central location within Canada and close proximity to the US border there is an extensive transportation network that allows businesses in Thunder Bay to ship, import and export materials and finished products quickly and efficiently. That’s why companies like Bombardier, and its predecessors, have been operating diverse and successful manufacturing facilities here for over 100 years.
Talented Labour Force
Cost Effective Labour
Access to 2 major railways, Canadian National (CN) & Canadian Pacific (CP). Provides access across Canada, through the US, and ports on 3 coasts.
2 hour flight from major centres in the US and Canada. Airport moves over 800,000 passengers per year
300 km/186 mi to Interstate 35 linking to to the US-Mexico border. 346 km/215 mi from the Fort Frances/International Falls border crossing.
Largest outbound port on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System. One of Canada’s largest warehousing and transshipment complexes