It was a day of all things local at the ReMax Centre in St. John's Friday. Everything from leather to liquor and wood to wine was available for viewing and sampling at the 19th annual Manufactured Right Here exhibition.
The theme of this year's showcase was We're on a Roll. Manufacturing within the province was worth almost $5 billion last year, compared to $400 million when the annual exhibit began.
"We took a slight dip with the recession, as everybody else did," said Howard Nash, chairman of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Newfoundland and Labrador (CMENL).
"But we're back up. We've got more jobs now than we had last year."
There were some new companies at this year's show, but Nash says he's always happy to see the same companies year after year, because it means they are successful.
"Hanging in there during tough times isn't always easy," he said. "We've seen a lot of companies across Canada and in Eastern Canada fold."
Lorne Janes, vice-chairman of CMENL and chairman of the exhibit, is happy with the show's growing success.
"At the first exhibit we had about 2,000 people," Janes said. "Over the past 10 years we've consistently had between 8,000 and 10,000 over the two days."
Janes said some people might be surprised by some of the products coming out of this province.
"There's stuff you would not expect to see made in Newfoundland," he said. "Like chocolate, for example."
This year was the Newfoundland Chocolate Company's third year at the exhibition. Owner and chocolatier Brent Smith, who launched his company at the 2007 show and feels it offers businesses an excellent chance to get their name and merchandise out to the public.
"It's great exposure," Smith said. "We get a wide array of shoppers come in who may not have been aware of our products."
Justin Fong was there, too, representing the Quidi Vidi Brewing Company. He said the show reminds people of what products are truly local, and hopefully, encourages people to buy them.
"A lot of people buy products like India Beer and Jockey Club, which were local once upon a time," Fong said.
"These products were bought out by large corporations years ago."
Quidi Vidi Brewing has been around for 15 years, and Fong hopes it continues to grow thanks to new products such as Cranberry Cloud beer, which was a big hit at their booth.
The exhibit runs today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.