Niagara is a major gateway to North America, through its 12 municipalities. Located in the heart of Southern Ontario and bordering on the United States, the Niagara region hosts a population of 430,000 people, and is situated between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Its cities and towns are less than a one hour drive to Toronto, Buffalo or Western New York. Businesses are within one day’s drive of 55% of all U.S. manufacturing activity, almost half of the U.S. population. Niagara is accessible worldwide through the St. Lawrence Seaway’s Welland Canal and close proximity to international airports.
Manufacturing is the region’s major economic driver and includes transportation, machinery, fabricated metal, food processing, primary metal, plastic and rubber. Under the agricultural sector, the greenhouse and wine industries, are also very important to the region’s economy. In recent years, Niagara’s industries are adopting more advanced processes that are oriented towards value added activities.
There is currently a diversified manufacturing base that includes:
Primary Metal Manufacturing
Niagara has a strong logistics industry with a large number of companies providing a full-range of transportation services and immediate access to the U.S. market.
The Region has become an ideal and highly competitive location for expansion, growth and diversification of its industrial base. Overall costs in Niagara are very competitive compared to other cities in the central North American industrial region. An abundant supply of electricity, water and natural gas, competitively priced land and buildings and reasonable base wages and low benefit costs support lower overall business startup and operating costs.
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