Uxbridge snowmobile parts maker up for Ontario Made manufacturers award

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Published January 26, 2023 at 4:18 pm

Advanced Control Systems, Uxbridge

A passion for snowmobiles, a hobby machine shop and persistent requests from friends and snow racers for parts laid the foundation for an Uxbridge company’s success and a nomination for the Ontario Made’s Manufacturer Spotlight Award.

Advanced Control Systems, which began as a garage hobby shop in 1978 and became a full-fledged buainess in 1992, produces ACS runners, helixes, clutch pullers, spring pullers, ice scratchers, washers, tunnel protectors, wheel kits, studs, bearing kits, and other parts, tools, and accessories for snowmobile racers and enthusiasts.

Other product lines have recently been added, such as a larger selection of tools of the trade, all with 100 per cent of materials sourced in Ontario and sold through Canadian distribution channels.

Advanced Control Systems will be up against Toronto’s Firecracker Pepper Sauce (Trinidadian hot pepper sauces) and NE1 Spirits Ltd., a Windsor-area distillery who have been making small batch gin and vodka for just over a year.

Other categories for the Ontario Made Awards include the Consumer Awareness Award, which recognizes an Ontario Made manufacturer that has integrated the Ontario Made logo into their business to further increase the sale and awareness of locally made products among consumers:

  • Mama Yolanda’s Gourmet Lasagna
  • Paz Bakery
  • Top Shelf Canada

The Merchandising Excellence Award recognizes an Ontario Made retailer that demonstrates merchandising excellence of Ontario Made products:

  • Fruit of the Land Culinary Market
  • Grey Jay Sales & Distribution
  • Local Jerky Plus

The Retailer Spotlight Award recognizes an Ontario Made retailer that spotlights Ontario Made and highlights the importance of making things in Ontario:

  • International Safety
  • Sauve’s Country Market
  • The Scented Market

Finalists for these awards, managed by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), a non-profit business association that represents more than 2,500 leading manufacturers from coast to coast, are all Ontario manufacturers and retailers pledged to increase the sale and awareness of Ontario-made products.

From December 6th, 2022, until January 8th, 2023, consumers made their voice heard by voting for their favourite manufacturer and retailer in each category. More than 17,000 votes were cast between December 6 and January 8 to determine the 12 finalists. A panel of industry experts will select the winners in each category February 22 at the Ontario Made Virtual Awards Ceremony. 

“Despite disruptions in supply chains, border blockades, galloping inflation, and critical labour and skills gaps, 2022 once again highlighted the resilience of Ontario’s manufacturing sector and its ability to produce the goods Canadians need,” Dennis Darby, CME President & CEO. “Once again, Ontarians enthusiastically voted for local manufacturers and retailers in their region through the Ontario Made Awards (and) it has never been more imperative to celebrate Ontario’s best.”

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