The Emerging award is designed to capture businesses that have started new companies with significant future potential. It will recognize relatively new companies who are distinguishing themselves through growth, impact and innovation. These organizations are likely to become future leaders in Manitoba manufacturing and exporting.
John Anderson had a passion for finding solutions for businesses through electrical engineering. He believed he could deliver solutions and created JCA Electronics in 2002 out of his parent’s garage. After recognizing the need to expand his business, he reached out to a local HR group who assisted him in hiring his first staff member and JCA Electronics began to gain larger contracts and an increased client base.
Currently with over 90 employees, JCA has hired over 30 engineers over the past five years and are looking to hire many more. Over the past 10 years, their market has grown from mainly Western Canada to having customers all over North America and the US. On average in the last five years, JCA has experienced 30+ per cent annual growth and this growth is expected to continue over the next five years.
Clearline Technologies is a Winnipeg-based company that conducts business in Canada and international markets. Clearline prides itself on providing exceptional value and customer service excellence. An industry leader, Clearline products are applicable towards Leadership in Environment and Energy Design (LEED) credits and they do this without charging premium prices. Today’s customers demand high quality and innovative design at a competitive price and Clearline Technologies delivers.
Neil Krovats, Clearline’s President, CEO and owner, grew up learning the trades so the plumbing and construction industry has always been second nature to him. It began with his invention of a rooftop equipment support system made from recycled rubber tires; which he invented, patented and named the C-Port. C-Ports provide truly innovative, economical support systems for gas and refrigeration pipes, electrical conduit, ducting, roof walkways, HVAC and solar racking markets. Since then growth has been exponential and Clearline began to seek out new ventures. Its inspirational, can-do attitude is contagiously threaded throughout its culture. The company employs approximately 20 people who specialize in numerous disciplines including marketing, sales, accounting, LEAN manufacturing, operations and industrial design.
The Winning Combination (TWC) is a home-grown success. They innovate and manufacture two
flagship product lines, Kaizen and Bodylogix, premium supplements for active lifestyles, which are
distributed across Canada, the United States and in select international markets.
Dedicated to developing natural products that empower consumers to lead healthy lives, TWC has
experienced year-over-year double-digit growth for the past five years, contributing to and investing in the Manitoba economy by employing more than 100 employees at their five Winnipeg facilities.
With a vision to uphold the highest standards in quality and purity, TWC has become the dominant
player in Canadian sports nutrition. They have raised industry standards by voluntarily opting to pursue NSF Certification, the world's gold standard in independent testing and were one of the first in sports nutrition to make the switch to naturally-derived ingredients. They are inspired, forward-thinking and driven to help people live their best lives.
"We remain committed to raising industry standards, educating consumers on what constitutes quality, natural nutritional supplements and adhering to the highest levels of certification for quality and purity." - Shazad Bukhari, CEO
Manitobah Mukluks is an Aboriginal-owned company and a true Canadian success story. They produce functional mukluks and moccasins that are designed for urban, outdoor wear and are currently ranked the fastest-growing footwear brand in Canada. They continue to grow their Canadian production while they create sustainable, ethical manufacturing overseas. The vision is to create a vibrant, global brand that makes a significant impact in Aboriginal communities.
Through global growth and a local commitment, Manitobah Mukluks is making a community impact with the support of Aboriginal artisans, successful Aboriginal role models, capacity building jobs and cultural education. The company also invests in education and employment through its partnership with the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development in Winnipeg.
“I believe that our success as an Aboriginal business has been due to our willingness to walk forward while honouring our past.” – Sean McCormick, CEO and Founder
After serving 10 years in the dealer industry with a Honda and Polaris dealer, in the small town of Morris, MB Milt Reimer, 27, decided to purchase the company. For the next 6 years Milt was determined to design and produce high performance snow rider wear. The first beginnings were operated in the basement of his house near Sanford, MB. Since then Milt grew FXR into a $45-million-a-year snowmobile and motocross clothing empire.
Milt is currently experimenting with a small string of FXR retail stores as a way of further extending the brand and finding new customers. So far, the stores are just in Canada, but he doesn’t rule out the possibility of opening outlets in the U.S. or Europe.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods is the world’s largest hemp food manufacturer to grow, make, and sell their own line of hemp food products. Products include Hemp Hearts raw shelled hemp seeds, hemp protein powder, hemp oil and hemp beverage. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the company offers its award winning products to thousands of retailers across North America.
Herd North America is a Winnipeg-based manufacturing company specializing in aluminum protection grillguards for the transportation industry. With 11 product lines, and dozens of options, Herd has a quality protection product available for most current models of semi truck and working-class pickup trucks.
Herd has shown consistent growth and now has more than 100 employees. Herd attributes their success to:
The widest selection of products and options available.
Intelligent Hospital Systems is a leading medical device company focused on the design and development of automated solutions for the hospital environment. Their first product is RIVA, the Robotic IV Automation system. RIVA is used by hospital pharmacies to automatically and accurately prepare IV syringes and IV bags. By automating the admixture preparation, RIVA addresses the issues of safety for the patient and the pharmacy technician, efficiency and effectiveness in the pharmacy and the challenges of a changing regulatory environment.
IMRIS is a global leader in providing image guided therapy solutions that serve the neurosurgical, cardiovascular and neurovascular markets. Since its formation in 2005, the Company’s flagship product IMRISneuro has rapidly become the leading MR-guided imaging system for neurosurgery. IMRIS systems have been sold in seven countries across four continents. In the United States, 5 of the country’s top ten hospitals and 12 of the top 50 neurosurgical hospitals as measured by US News & World Report, have selected IMRISneuro for their facilities.
Acrylon Plastics is one of North America's leading manufacturers of ISO registered quality, high value custom engineered plastic producers using rotomolded, thermoformed and profiled processes.
Acrylon has been a leader in quality and customer service for over 30 years and is committed to the products they make and to their customers. Acrylon Plastics continually invests in expanding capabilities to meet the ever-changing requirements of OEM manufacturers.
Acrylon Plastics practices continuous improvements, Lean manufacturing and technology... They passionately believe in their corporate mission - "Your idea, our solution."
Since 1995 Genuwine Cellars has designed and built awe-inspiring wine vaults for the most discriminating and demanding wine connoisseurs.
Our state of the art factory facilities are dedicated solely to building the finest wine vaults in the world. Our passion for wine and the cellaring of wine is reflected in the meticulous detail and unique features that are part of every Vintage Vault by Genuwine.
The company is led by founders Robb Denomme and Lance Kingma, whose passion for wine and depth of knowledge is evident as alumni of the prestigious International Sommeliers Guild.
CME seeks to recognize individuals and companies who have achieved notable success in initiating, improving or growing a manufacturing business in Manitoba.
Join CME at the 2020 Gala Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 26 to celebrate manufacturing and exporting excellence in Manitoba.