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Western Manufacturing Ltd.

There can be no denying the pioneering spirit that has turned Western Manufacturing Ltd. into a Canadian success story. Owner Lonny Thiessen started the company as Westfab in 2008 with a $1,000 investment. Already, the company has expanded to two locations and roughly 36 employees.

"We started pulling some work in, and it is common in our business for the customer to pay a deposit upfront," Thiessen says. "We were careful with cash flow and never got more capital than that initial $1,000, other than deposits. Today, we're a company with no borrowed money."

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