The WEDC Trade Venture to Canada is just a few weeks away.

Canadians spend a large part of their disposable income (roughly 60%) on U.S. products and services. In fact, Canada is the largest export market for U.S.-produced goods.

The state of Wisconsin plays an important role in cross-border trade. In 2018, Wisconsin’s exports to Canada totalled more than its exports to Mexico, China, Germany, and the U.K. combined. Which is why the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s Trade Venture to Canada just makes sense.

This year, we’re joining seven Wisconsin-based companies on the venture (March 8 to 13) and will be making stops in Vancouver and Winnipeg. And we’re going to introduce you to these companies, in alphabetical order:

Gaskets, Inc.

gasketsGaskets, Inc. is a cut-and-sew specialist that fabricates and provides seals made from high-temperature textiles (as well as expansion joints and other heat resistant materials) to OEMs and distributors who want custom, durable products that are built with American-made quality. They serve the pulp and paper, OEM, pollution control, power generation, transportation, metals, cryogenics, and turbines industries.


gener8torFormed in 2012, gener8tor is a turnkey platform for the creative economy that connects start-ups, entrepreneurs, artists, investors, universities and corporations. The gener8tor platform includes pre-accelerators, accelerators, corporate programming, conferences and fellowships focused on entrepreneurs, artists, and musicians. gener8tor intends to expand its start-up, university, corporate, art and music programs and events to Canada.

Gross Automation, LLC

GrossOver the past 25 years, Gross Automation, LLC has grown to become the premier value-added distributor of best-in-class industrial automation and electrical control components, panels, and systems. Over 100,000 customers have come to trust them to provide the parts and components they need to produce their products or run their facilities.

Heiden, Inc.

heidenHeiden, Inc. is a privately-held custom manufacturing company that has grown from humble beginnings into a precision custom metal fabrication company with two divisions. Heiden’s Crane Attachments division manufactures a line of uniquely engineered crane-truck attachments including pole and pipe grapples, log and pulp grapples, railroad grapples, trash grapples, pallet forks, wallboard forks, roof hoppers, dump boxes, and clam buckets for cranes. Their high-quality attachment products and accessories for cranes are well known in the construction, railroad, trash and scrap, roofing and logging industries.

June Tailor, Inc.

June TailorJune Tailor manufacturers and sells a line of over 130 unique sewing and quilting products. Each tool is designed with value-added features, making them easy to use and providing multiple functions. These include a variety of rotary cutting mats, rulers, thread racks, pressing products, printed quilt batting and inkjet printable fabrics and transfers. They have been a family-owned business for over 50 years, and hold multiple patents and trademarks, focusing on tools that help today’s sewist complete a project with professional finished results.

Metal-Era Inc.

metaleraMetal-Era is the largest manufacturer of roof edge/roof termination and ventilation products for commercial roofs in the U.S. Their products are designed, engineered, and tested around performance. All their products are tested to meet international building codes and are engineered to perform under most wind events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and common straight-line winds. Metal-Era has been integral in building code standards development in the U.S. and with Canada’s NRC for their last code change for roof edge.


powergisticsG.D. Roberts is a fifth-generation manufacturing company based in Columbus, Wisconsin. G.D. Roberts manufactures the PowerGistics product line – unique, multi-device charging station that offers a smaller footprint and better cable management than bulky, moveable carts. PowerGistics’ towers are designed for businesses and classrooms using Chromebooks, laptops, and tablets; they take up less space, and their open-concept design allows for easier device tracking which can save over two weeks of classroom time per year. Google is one of PowerGistics’ customers and is their preferred provider for Google’s Grab & Go enterprise program – and initiative designed to eliminate the ‘down time’ workers experience during laptop repairs.

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