Market Access

Windsor-Essex is one of Canada’s hottest markets. Strategically located in Southwestern Ontario less than .5 mile (.8 km) across from Detroit, Michigan, it is the location of automotive giants Daimler Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. Leading Canada into the plastics age over twenty-five years ago with revolutionary manufacturing technologies for the automotive industry, Windsor-Essex has emerged as a world-class network of suppliers for tool and die, mold making, machining, automation transfer equipment, machine building, deep draw metal stamping, micro-electronics and robotics systems.

In addition to the automotive sector, non-automotive industries generate $3.7 billion in revenue. A $1.5 billion agri-industry in the region includes North America’s largest greenhouse industry, major distilling and bottling operations of Hiram Walker and Seagram Company, extensive tomato and fish processing by Highbury Canco Corporation and Omstead Foods, respectively, and over 1,200 acres (485.6 ha) of grapes harvested by four estate wineries.

Windsor-based companies can service half the North American population in a single day’s drive! Windsor/Essex is located on the key ‘NAFTA CORRIDOR’ between Montreal and Mexico.

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Transport Overview

Windsor-Essex is within 804.5 km (500 miles) of 60% of the manufacturing capability of Canada and the United States and the efficient transportation infrastructure in the region ably supports today’s “Just-in-Time” method of manufacturing production.

The Windsor-Essex area is one of North America’s most efficient locations for transportation and communications. The region enjoys direct access to the air, rail, and trucking transportation networks linking Canadian and US markets. Experienced bonded agents, customs brokers, warehousing and freight handlers ensure the easy movement of all types of goods both in and out of the country. Windsor-Essex is the western terminus of Highway 401 which provides east-west access throughout southern Ontario and Quebec. The Ambassador Bridge and the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel link the Port of Windsor with major highways in the United States. There are over thirty major trucking firms located in Windsor-Essex alone.

The Essex Terminal Railway (ETR) operates in the Port of Windsor with rail connections to the Canadian National, Canadian Pacific and Norfolk and Western.