Who: Canada Coaster Inc.
Where: 1 Head St., Dundas
What: Canadian owned and operated manufacturer of custom ordered coasters used in a wide range of settings. Pumping out tens of millions of coasters each month, they are used for advertising, restaurants and bars, trade shows and promotional use.
Dominant materials used: With a standard thickness at 40 point -- or 1 millimetre thick and premium coasters at 1.4 mm and 2 mm, they use European pulp board for its density, absorption and firmness. A 10-centimetre circle or square with rounded corners is the standard size and shape while custom shapes are available -- ovals, punchouts and perforated coasters.
Years in business: Thirteen
Market share: This beer-driven industry provides business from breweries across Canada, while 50 per cent of sales are shipped to the United States, including California, Florida, Oregan Texas, New York and Wisconsin.
Where we've seen the finished product: Aside from your local restaurants and pubs, the coasters are used for public awareness causes such as MADD, AIDS and Canadian Census promotions.
The Hamilton Spectator