Based in Cambridge, The SMART Centre supports both funded and fee-for-service collaborative applied research in manufacturing and recycling. The SMART Centre helps to develop high-performance manufacturing/recycling solutions (robotics, automation) as well as design, prototyping and testing of new mechanical, electronic and software products. The SMART Centre works with small to medium sized companies who require assistance to solve advanced manufacturing or recycling problems through applied research. Driving innovation, commercialization, productivity improvement and competitiveness for Ontario's manufacturing sector, the SMART Centre serves the following industries:
The SMART Centre works as an extension of a company's R&D team.
Challenge the expected, Dream the unexpected: A mantra Chrima Metal Fabrication has adopted to describe their approach to offering manufacturing as a service.
Since 1960, Chrima has been providing custom steel components for various industrial applications in Southern, Ontario. In the early days, founder, Bill Christian, and his son, Dan Christian, brought craftmanship and high-quality components to manufacturers in the local area. Over the years, however, the business expanded rapidly by leveraging new technology throughout the business to offer better quality, faster turnaround, and exceptional customer service.
Today, Chrima utilizes a one-stop-shop approach to custom manufacturing and has found success in offering a large suite of capabilities to serve a diverse customer base. In their 65,000 square-foot facility, they offer sheet and tube processing, manual and robotic welding, precision machining, painting, and more. Their ability to serve many industries while still offering competitive lead times at competitive prices has been a critical element of their recipe for success.
Chrima defines their business not as a component manufacturer, but rather a manufacturing service provider. Over the past year, they have found ways to further support their customers with robust quality documentation and engineering design and support. By seeking to improve their services they are constantly searching for ways to challenge what’s expected of a contract manufacturer and seek to deliver value in unexpected ways.
Iron Embers is a manufacturer of premium outdoor fire pits and accessories for a variety of outdoor spaces ranging from domestic residences to commercial settings. Constructed with high end materials including the signature use of ¼ inch carbon steel, Iron Embers is highly capable of creating long lasting outdoor products that will outlive the competition.
Originally a summer project for the Tamminga brothers, Iron Embers has since developed into a competitive manufacturing company with ambitious growth plans. Since 2019, the company has been continually scaling to meet the increased demands of the at-home leisure market and providing a unique fireside experience to thousands of families across North America each year.
Our growing leadership team is committed to building a community centric company culture where individuals aspire to raise each other up in a communal effort to achieve continuous improvement.