Online Promotion Ranks Top Made-in-Manitoba Products Since Confederation

WINNIPEG, MB. – Manitoba’s manufacturing stories paint a picture of our province from infancy to early adulthood, with a bright future on the horizon. Nearly 64,000 Manitobans work in the sector, which contributes more than 10 per cent to Manitoba’s GDP.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) asked manufacturers, industry influencers and the public to name the companies and products that impact Manitobans, create jobs and help shape our culture.

More than 100 companies and individuals participated in the online campaign; the results of which tell the story of a province shaped by industry.

Says CME Manitoba Vice President, Ron Koslowsky “Manitoba is a special place to do business and nowhere is it more evident than in the manufacturing community. Since the 1880s, manufacturers have been producing products that shape our lives and create wealth and jobs along the way.”

The 1880s to the great depression 

At the turn of the last century, heavy industry, food production, and transportation had begun to emerge as some of the key economic drivers we see to this day. The Winnipeg Foundry Company was producing two to three tons of metal daily and the Redwood Brewery was turning out 10,000 barrels of alcohol a year. Scott-Bathgate’s Nutty Club brand (famously located at 149 Pioneer Ave) developed a reputation for packaged candy, while the Great West Saddlery Company employed 300+ workers at its manufacturing plants – an impressive number for the day. The Dominion Bridge Company, Fort Garry Fire Trucks, and Friesens Corporation also established themselves at the turn of the last century. A few decades later, aerospace – StandardAero and Magellan – began to take off.

World War II & the post-war years 

In the nation’s breadbasket, prairie manufacturing boomed after World War II. Two made-in-Manitoba success stories, Versatile and MacDon, helped play a role in agriculture’s exploding production. And while farming was changing, cities were growing at an even faster rate. Manitobans were moving to the ‘burbs and manufacturers were quick to respond. Transportation and aerospace thrived as major employers like New Flyer, Motor Coach and Tripe E RV hit their stride. And with urbanization, companies like Barkman Concrete, Palliser and Defehr (furniture) and Price Industries (HVAC systems) emerged to meet demand.

The mid-60s to the early 90s

Baby boomers came of age and embraced the digital revolution as computing power began to change the face of manufacturing. A growing consumer culture also gave rise to niche businesses of the day. From Pic-a-Pop to Mondetta to Chip and Pepper and the Pizza Pop, many an overnight success story was born – a great deal of whom are still around and thriving today.

Mid-90s – to present day Manufacturing is looking at a bright future, as sub-sectors with high tech needs and high skills jobs emerge. Micropilot (drone technology), Magellan and Boeing (aerospace and defense), BOMImed (medical equipment) and Precision ADM (additive manufacturing) are just a few of the manufacturers booming in Manitoba right now. Transportation and heavy equipment manufacturers are important players on a world stage. Companies like New Flyer, Motor Coach, Price, MacDon and Versatile have contributed not just to our history, but are shaping the future with cutting edge products, high-tech solutions and opportunities for jobs. Manufacturing’s food producers are thriving too, as Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, Bothwell Cheese and Cornell Crème; not to mention award-winning Diageo Crown Royal Whiskey, take centre stage!

By order of online popularity, here are the top 25 manufactured-in-Manitoba products since Confederation this #Canada150:

1. Fort Garry Fire Trucks
2. Behlen Industries
3. The Boler trailer
4. New Flyer Industries
5. Magellan Aerospace
6. Conviron
7. La Cocina Foods
8. Rainbow Trailer
9. Bothwell Cheese
10. Boeing
11. Ecopoxy
12. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods
13. 3M Canada
14. Cornell Crème
15. Norbert Manufacturing
16. BOMImed
17. Chemtrade
18. Winkler Canvas
19. FXR Racing
20. McCain Foods
21. Mondetta (MPG Sport)
22. Morden’s of Winnipeg
23. Springland Manufacturing
24. Friesens Corporation
25. Crown Royal Whiskey (Diageo)

CME is Canada’s oldest and largest national trade and industry association; working with manufacturers to help them grow with support and resources in the areas of Leadership & Executive Support, LEAN & Productivity, Advanced Manufacturing & Innovation, Trade & Business Development, Human Resources & Skills Development, Advocacy & Intelligence, Future Workforce, Safety and Networking.

CME Manitoba


Kevin Klein is President and CEO of MyToba News. The former publisher and CEO of the Winnipeg Sun, Kevin has spent several years in Canadian media working in newspapers, radio and television. A proud and passionate citizen of Winnipeg and Manitoba, Kevin is excited to bring you news, pictures and information on the many wonderful charity groups in our province. If you have an event you want us to know about, email Kevin at and follow him on Twitter @kevinkleinwpg.
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  • Dahlton says:

    I cant believe you put this out. nothing on the Richardrson Buhler Ashdown Asper Loewen for a start., Perhaps you could take the chance to educate more Manitobans