Manufacturing

A history of business success in manufacturing and some of the longest established businesses in Nova Scotia help drive industry growth in the region.

Our cost advantages, connected location and growing population continue to support and attract both small and large manufacturers to East Hants. Over a century of manufacturing experience and expertise helps grow this industry forward for Nova Scotia.

The East Hants manufacturing community includes:

  • 25+ manufacturing companies, which is over 5% of East Hants industry, compared to the Provincial industry mix of 3% (1,060 companies).
  • 850+ employed in the industry in East Hants, and 27,000+ in Nova Scotia.
  • Companies in East Hants are involved in manufacturing products locally, nationally and internationally, including cement and concrete products, areospace products and parts, wood products and wood preservation, and medical equipment and supplies.

The Halifax Stanfield International Airport (14 minutes away) is expanding its Airside Logistics Park and has recently expanded its runways to accommodate larger cargo planes which can benefit manufacturers.

With readily available commercial real estate and land (300 + acres) near the airport,  East Hants is becoming a destination for manufacturing businesses that need to reach their customers quickly and cost effectively.

Manufacturing businesses in East Hants can be part of the Ocean Supercluster in Nova Scotia focused around Halifax, which is building Canada to be the leader in sustainable ocean innovation across fisheries, aquaculture, offshore resources, shipping, defense, marine renewables and ocean tech. It is one of 5 Superclusters in Canada.

Opportunities in manufacturing in East Hants

  • Packaging and Processing
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Marine Manufacturing
  • Ocean Tech
  • Manufactured Wood Products
  • Wood Energy (Pellets)

Questions about the East Hants manufacturing industry?

Contact Graham Scott

Manufacturing companies located in the region include:

Shaw Group of Companies, Scotia Plastics, Casey Concrete, Elmsdale Lumber Company, BioTech Orthotics, Goodfellow Inc, East Coast Kitchens, and Quest Kitchens.