For generations, manufacturing has been the economic backbone of our area.
In the 20th century, Waterloo Region was a leading manufacturer of shoes, clothing, furniture, auto parts, televisions and other products too numerous to mention.
The emergence of the local tech sector has prompted a switch in what's being produced locally, often in the form of hand-made or tech-integrated goods.
In the weekly segment Made Right Here, CTV Kitchener profiles makers from around the region.
Everything from cakes and canoes to textiles and submersible vehicles is produced here. Each week, we present another maker to show off another product made right here at home.
This segment is proudly sponsored by the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Kitchener BIA and the Uptown Waterloo BIA.