Mustang Survival’s personal flotation device with Hydrostatic Inflator Technology keeps the Coast Guard and Law Enforcement officers safe near or on the water
Canadian-owned Mustang Survival, a leader in the protective garment industry worldwide, houses significant operations in West Virginia. The Vancouver-based company provides lifesaving solutions and an extensive line of protective wear and accessories for people exposed to the most hazardous environments on land, in the air, and at sea.
In 1999, Mustang purchased Wirt Inflatable Specialists in Elizabeth, West Virginia, and began not only employing American workers, but also supplying American clients — chief amongst them the United States Department of Defense. A decade later, in 2009, Mustang opened its second plant in Spencer, West Virginia, adding another 70 manufacturing jobs. The majority of Mustang’s U.S. manufacturing is carried out at these two plants, while the company also purchases the bulk of its component materials from American suppliers.
Buffalo, West Virginia is home to a $1.2 billion, 1.9 million square foot Toyota manufacturing plant, directly employing 1,140 West Virginians and 1,000 indirectly. Fifty-one percent (51%) of its transmissions and engines are shipped to Toyota's Southern Ontario plants. This West Virginia–Canadian synergy intensified when Toyota located its only non-Japanese-located Lexus plant in Cambridge, Ontario. Eighteen trucks per day depart West Virginia for Canada, leaving every 4–5 hours to ensure just-in-time inventory. Toyota’s supply chain relies heavily on our shared international border crossings. This relationship exemplifies the benefits of a highly integrated supply chain, attracting and retaining foreign investment in both Canada and the United States.
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Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2011 data in U.S. dollars (US$1.00=C$0.9891). Statistics Canada: tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (5/2012 release); goods & services trade (2/2012 release). World Institute for Strategic Economic Research (WISER): Canada’s export ranking (2/2012 release). U.S. Census Bureau: trade (2/2012 release). Services trade data not available at a sub-national level. Figures may not add up due to rounding. Produced by the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.
West Virginia sells more goods to Canada than to the state’s next two largest foreign markets combined
* Job numbers from trade (2010 data) and Canadian-owned businesses (2009 data) are from a 2012 study commissioned by the Government of Canada