Barrie’s low costs of doing business helps automation and precision manufacturers stay competitive internationally.

The city is committed to helping further expand and diversify this sector through hosting conferences and seminars, support with talent recruitment, connections to B2B and R&D and providing thought-leadership on Industry 4.0.

Barrie’s fabricated metal manufacturers export goods across Canada and into the US, Mexico and European markets. Fabricated metal is crucial in the manufacturing of building, construction, automotive and mining components, and Barrie’s cluster remains competitive through high-tech advances, a close proximity to a strong construction sector and some of the world’s most innovative auto parts suppliers.

Barrie is home to Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive parts manufacturers. The city is one of southern Ontario’s automotive parts clusters, with Honda’s two assembly plants in the region and ten other Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) in close proximity, including Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Toyota.

Barrie’s employment in industrial, commercial and service industry machinery production has grown by 14% in the last five years.

Industrial manufacturers are 2.7 times more concentrated in Barrie than the provincial average.

Machinery manufacturers create durable and safe products for customers in the plastics and metals, appliance and automotive industries.