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The growth and demise of fifteen major manufacturers
in Brantford, Ontario

As the twentieth century dawned, Brantford was the third largest industrial centre in Canada. It’s industries employed thousands and shipped products to the far corners of the world, some of them becoming well known names – Cockshutt, Massey Harris, Waterous.

Read about the growth of fifteen of these companies as Brantford itself grew from a village to a city. Follow them as they developed, and then as they eventually disappeared, leaving behind the industrial heritage of Brantford.

With 156 pages and over 75 illustrations, this history follows through 160 years to the current remains and locations of these manufacturers.

Manufacturers whose story is in A City’s Industrial Heritage
and the years they operated in Brantford
Waterous Engine Works/Koehring Waterous 1844 – 1993
Buck Stove Co./Happy Thought Foundry 1852 – 1931
J O Wisner (Massey Harris) 1857 – 1892
Paterson & Sons/George Weston 1863 – 1975
A Harris & Son (Massey Harris) 1871 – 1891
Cockshutt Plow Co./White Farm Equip. 1878 – 1985
Brantford Carriage /Brantford Coach 1887 – 1984
Goold Shapley & Muir/Goold Cycle 1887 – 1932
Massey Harris 1891 – 1960
Verity Plow Co 1892 – 1988
Ham & Nott/Ruddy/Hussman 1892 – 2002
Brantford Screw/Stelco Fastener/Genfast 1898 – 2007
Pratt & Letchworth/Can Car 1900 – 1952
Brantford Cordage/Tancord 1901 – 1972
Adams Wagon Co. (Brantford Coach) 1902 – 1990
Massey Ferguson/Massey Combines 1958 – 1988

Available from:

The Brant County Museum
Charlotte Street and Market Street locations
In Brantford, Ontario

Or by sending a check or money order for
$15.00 plus shipping ($3.00 inside Canada/ $7.50 US and overseas) to:

Mike Hand
29-587 Cranbrook Road,
London, Ontario, Canada
N6K 2Y4

For further info email: mike@mikehandbooks.com