Research Centre and program: Industrial Research Assistance Program
With the help of the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP), Protocase is revolutionizing the steel fabrication and machining business. Using ultra-lean manufacturing techniques, Protocase can take a product from design to completion in two to three days — an unparallelled speed for specialized one-off work. Protocase has grown steadily since selling its first product in 2003. The company now processes 300 to 400 custom orders per week and boasts 140 employees. The Nova Scotia firm is considered one of the top metal fabrication companies in Canada in terms of growth.