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Findlay Plant on Townline –September 1978

Findlay Plant on Townline –September 1978
Bill Russell– There are also some that were reproduced at the Findlay plant on Townline that can be identified by a ditto gun label gun that was attached to the pattern prior to moulding. This was a date code. 

September 1978

The first new mechanized gray iron foundry to be built in Eastern Ontario is nearing completion on the outskirts, of Carleton Place. Construction was commenced six months ago and completion is expected within the next four or five weeks. Mr. Donald F. Reynolds, President and General Manager of Findlay Foundry Limited, said today that he expects that Ontario Hydro will install power lines to the new plant this week which will perm it equipm ent testing and tryout during the next few weeks.

The new electric induction melting furnace is now in place as well as elaborate mechanized sand handling and air pollution control equipment. The new plant is expected to be the largest user of electrical power in this area. Findlay Foundry Limited, a new Company organized last year, and in no way related to Findlay’s Limited, took over the operation of the old High Street foundry when Findlays Limited announced in July 1969 that it was discontinuing its unprofitable foundry business in line with corporate policy of its parent company.

The parent company had also closed another foundry it owned at Montmagny. Quebec. Mr. Reynolds stated that most old style manual foundries using cupola and other melt systems are losing money and it it is inevitable that most of these will likely close down because of this factor and the high cost of pollution control equipment that would be required to comply with Ontario’s new pollution control laws that go into effect later this fall. The modern methods of production will mean that there will be less manual work involved, and obviously this is a much more attractive proposition to our type of industry. 

There will be a closer control of the metal analysis, and the working conditions are far more acceptable with this method of melting as opposed to the cupola. A short period of time will be needed to allow people to become acquainted with the machinery, but this should not take too long; the technicalities of remain the same regardless of the method employed. The long service employee from the old foundry should greatly appreciate the vastly improved working conditions, and it is hoped that as the company matures, it will be in a position to improve still further with the working facilities and keep “in step” with progress.

Mr. Reynolds said that the new plant will likely be operated on a two shift basis almost from the date operations there are commenced and the total number of employees at the new plant will be about the same a* at the old plant. “We are pleased,” Mr. Reynolds stated, “that we managed to maintain employment of the foundry staff at Carleton Place during the past year despite the profitability factor, because we are convinced that over the long run the community, our employees and the shareholders will benefit from the actions we have taken.”

A Carleton Place company that specialized in customizing fire trucks and other emergency vehicles shut down November 11, leaving two dozen employees locked out and confused.

A notice on the front door claims that Eastway911 did not pay its $12,000 rent this month — and states the Ottawa landlord, Kilkee Corporation, wants $500,000 in damages and penalties.

The statement said the company is considering how to continue to operate the business in what it describes as a “challenging and disappointing situation.”

“Eastway911 Emergency Vehicles Ltd. has paid municipal taxes and remains ready, willing, and able to pay November rent. It has advised Kilkee Corp. of this fact,” the statement added.

Cornwall Freightliner, a trucking parts and service company in Cornwall, is one business that’s now looking at its options after the sudden closure.

Freightliner frames are part of two new trucks at Eastway911, and two more frames are headed there now, said sales associate Karl Paschek.

“So, a total of four of them for half a million dollars,” said Paschek.

Kilkee Corporation refused to comment on the record.

CBC news

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Aug 1987, Tue  •  Page 6

Memories of Findlays 1972 – “They’re Proud, Independent, and Resigned to the Loss of their Jobs”

Looking for Names- Findlay Foundry

The Inner Remains of the Findlay Foundry

From the Belly of the Findlay Plant….

Someday my Prince Will Buy Me a Cinderella Stove

Findlay’s 101 and a Personal Confession

Where Did you Learn to Swear in Carleton Place?

Funky Soul Stew was Once Cooking in Carleton Place

Cooking with Findlay’s — Christine Armstrong’s Inheritance and Maple Syrup Recipe

Commercial Centre Planned for Findlay Site

Walter and John Armour and A Findlay Stove

The Findlay Foundry Ltd. Closes—- The Video

Jimmy Sweeney Bag Boy at Cliff and Muriel Black’s Grocery Store – Beth Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney Bag Boy at Cliff and Muriel Black’s Grocery Store – Beth Sweeney

All photos Beth Sweeney with thanks

Memories and pics…back in the day…
When I was a child I used to walk to Cliff and Muriel Blacks grocery store on the Townline

They were great people. My brother Jimmy Sweeney used to be a bag boy, pumped gas. I am sure there were a lot of local teens who worked there over the years. Cliff and Muriel also owned a cottage beside the one my dad built on the Mississippi Lake. Great memories! The establisment was taken over by a Mr. Livingston and in later years…a couple of great brothers took it over!

Pic of my Dad’s cottage. I was so proud of his carpentry!

Related reading

Documenting the Roadmasters Road Club? Beth Sweeney

When You Needed “Variety” You Went to Art’s or the Wayside Inn 1940s — Photos

161 Townline– Snippets of Miss Maude Cole

161 Townline– Snippets of Miss Maude Cole

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

April 20, 2020  · 

Llew LloydIt looks like the house my Mother’s great friend Miss Cole lived in. I believe it was a double. Mom’s oldest friend, Miss Cole, lived in the small half of that house.

Ray PaquetteAt one time, my Sunday School teacher at the Baptist Church, Mrs Gordon Lancaster lived there with her husband and two boys, Donald and Franklin. That would be in the late 1940s or early 1950s before they moved to Ottawa.

Llew LloydRay Paquette Miss Cole’s part of the house was very small. I seem to remember the Lancasters living in the other part

Bonnie MitchellI know this house, corner of Town line and Carleton Street.

Jim McKittrickI remember it too Bonnie … a lot of laughs took place there 💕

Ted WalshLancaster’s lived there in the 50’s and 60’s, Franklin went to school with us

Joyce MurrayMiss Cole planted lots of Lilac bushes they took them away when they built the house next door. I lived there 42 yrs ago

Joyce Murray I remember my mother taking me there and Miss Cole giving me a watering can to tend to her flowers while they talked. The water supply was a hand pump in the kitchen. That would have been in early to mid 50s.

James AndersonAs a very young boy in the late fifties and early sixties I played in the arbor and yard there. With Franklin Lancaster. His parents I believe were Gordon and Dora and his brother was Donald.Last visit I remember was taking my baby daughter there in 1967 to show Miss Cole. She was bedridden at the time. Have great memories of talking to her in those years. They were years where neighbors were like family.

Llew Lloyd
June 30 at 6:01 PM  · 

Maud Cole centre row one. Margaret Prime top left

Gwen SpencerThis is the first time that I have seen this picture.I had many cups of tea with Maude. Mom used to take sewing lessons with a few of her friends from miss Cole.

Llew LloydGwen Spencer I’m thinking Mother must have been in her teen years in this photo and still living on Lanark street

Ray Paquette15 hours
The Lancaster’s who lived there in the 1950s were very involved with the Baptist Church which I attended in my childhood. Donald, the eldest boy and and I were always the leads in the annual Christmas Concert and I spent many after school hours in the home practicing my parts under the tutelage of Mrs. Lancaster. The Lancasters moved to Ottawa but there was a second Lancaster family in CP,who had two daughters, Ray [not the policeman] I believe who worked for McFadden Furs…Ray Paquette added:
I had one of those infamous senior moments in my earlier comments. It was Ray Moffat not Lancaster all thought I believe that he was related to the Gordon Lancaster family through marriage His eldest daughter was Janice.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
21 Feb 1970, Sat  •  Page 25
Maude E. Cole
St. James Anglican Church, Carleton Place
Burial Place:
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Maude E. Cole 1886 – 1970

Voter’s List

Name:Miss Maud E Cole
Marital Status:Spinster (Single (Female))
Residence Date:1940
Residence Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Street Address:Carleton Place
Electoral District:Lanark
Reference Number:M-4770
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
27 Nov 1936, Fri  •  Page 21
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
10 Oct 1933, Tue  •  Page 4
161 Townline 2021 photos thanks to Petya Lowes
From Susan Courage.. Perhaps a little earlier. I think it is my mother (Betty Bradley b 1925) in the lower right. Maud was born in 1886. Just looking at other pics. There weren’t too many through the depression.
161 Townline– Snippets of Miss Maude Cole

Susan CourageTea and vanilla wafers with Miss Cole were a summer ritual of my Mississippi/CP childhood summers. So lovely to see her remembered.